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auk

[awk] /ɔk/
noun
1.
any of several usually black-and-white diving birds of the family Alcidae, of northern seas, having webbed feet and small wings.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse alka
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British Dictionary definitions for auk

auk

/ɔːk/
noun
1.
any of various diving birds of the family Alcidae of northern oceans having a heavy body, short tail, narrow wings, and a black-and-white plumage: order Charadriiformes See also great auk, razorbill auk
2.
little auk, dovekie, a small short-billed auk, Plautus alle, abundant in Arctic regions
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse ālka; related to Swedish alka, Danish alke
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Word Origin and History for auk
n.

1670s, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse alka, probably originally imitative of a water-bird cry (cf. Latin olor "swan," Greek elea "marsh bird").

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