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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 of auk
1665-1675
1665-75; < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse alka
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  • The puffin uses its wings under the water, and so do the other members of the auk family.

  • Oolichuk continued this process until the first auk was finished.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • About three o'clock the Countess of auk's carriage was summoned, and the company began to retire.

    Comical People Unknown
  • But there was a deplorable lack of information about the haunts and habits of the auk.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
  • As the official organ of the Union, 'The auk' is the leading ornithological publication of this country.

  • Upon the whole, I thought it would not do to depend upon the auk.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
  • “King penguin” is another of its names, from its superior size, as it is the largest of the auk or penguin family.

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • Of all the auk tribe, so far as my experience goes, the Puffin flies the most.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • I feel, somehow, that this man Halyard has got an auk—perhaps two.

    In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
  • Of the latter some have three toes, as the penguin, auk, &c.; others have four.

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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