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alcid

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Pronunciation: /ˈalsɪd
 
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Definition of alcid in English:

noun

Ornithology
A bird of the auk family (Alcidae); an auk.
Example sentences
  • Usually you can expect to see great numbers of pelagic birds - gannets, shearwaters, jaegers, storm-petrels, alcids - that live mainly at sea.
  • Closely related to the Tufted Puffin, the Rhinoceros Auklet is a large alcid with a wedge-shaped head.
  • One would imagine this place to be a paradise of alcids of all types, guillemots, dovekies, puffins, razorbills, murres, and murrelets all splashing around in their black and white finery.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Alcidae (plural), from the genus name Alca, from Old Norse álka 'razorbill'; compare with auk.

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