any of several alcidine sea birds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda, having a short neck and a large, compressed, grooved bill, as F. arctica (Atlantic puffin) of the North Atlantic.

1300–50; Middle English poffoun, poffin, puffon (compare Anglo-Latin poffo, puffo); origin uncertain

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puffin (ˈpʌfɪn)
any of various northern diving birds of the family Alcidae (auks, etc), esp Fratercula arctica (common or Atlantic puffin), having a black-and-white plumage and a brightly coloured vertically flattened bill: order Charadriiformes
[C14: perhaps of Cornish origin]

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N. Atlantic seabird, 1337, perhaps connected with puff on notion of appearance, or from some Celtic word (earliest association is with Cornwall and Scilly), and altered by influence of puff.
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Writer describes a plush puffin golf club head cover he was given by his brother.
The puffin is a bigger bird than the guillemot and usually takes the day, edging out the docile guillemots.
Birds to see include: rufous hummingbird, horned puffin, red-necked stint.
Puffin couples often reunite at the same burrow site each year.
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