Atlantic puffin

Atlantic puffin

noun
See under puffin.
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puffin

[puhf-in]
noun
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.

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

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puffin (ˈpʌfɪn)
 
n
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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puffin
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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