Definition of guillemot in English:


Line breaks: guil¦le|mot
Pronunciation: /ˈgɪlɪmɒt


  • An auk (seabird) with a narrow pointed bill, typically nesting on cliff ledges.
    • Family Alcidae, genera Uria (white-breasted) and Cepphus (black-breasted): five species. Compare with murre
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    • The lines of supporting buoys have been adopted by cormorants, gulls, guillemots, eider ducks, oystercatchers and even the odd heron.
    • Along thousands of miles of coastline, you will see colonies of seabirds clustered in cliffs - gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes.
    • There's always the chance of a minke whale, too, while terns, fulmars, guillemots, puffins and shearwaters come as standard.


late 17th century: from French, diminutive of Guillaume 'William'.

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