auk

auk

[awk]
noun
any of several usually black-and-white diving birds of the family Alcidae, of northern seas, having webbed feet and small wings.


Origin:
1665–75; < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse alka

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auk (ɔːk)
 
n
1.  great auk See also razorbill 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
2.  little auk, dovekie a small short-billed auk, Plautus alle, abundant in Arctic regions
 
[C17: from Old Norse ālka; related to Swedish alka, Danish alke]

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auk
1670s, from O.N. alka originally imitative of a water-bird cry (cf. L. olor "swan," Gk. elea "marsh bird").
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