guillemot

[gil-uh-mot]
noun
1.
a black or brown-speckled seabird of the genus Cepphus, of northern seas, having a sharply pointed black bill, red legs, and white wing patches, as C. grylle (black guillemot) of the North Atlantic and the similar C. columba (pigeon guillemot) of the North Pacific.
2.
British. a murre of the genus Uria.

Origin:
1670–80; < French, apparently diminutive of Guillaume William

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guillemot (ˈɡɪlɪˌmɒt)
 
n
any northern oceanic diving bird of the genera Uria and Cepphus, having a black-and-white plumage and long narrow bill: family Alcidae (auks, etc), order Charadriiformes
 
[C17: from French, diminutive of Guillaume William]

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