dove key

dovekie

[duhv-kee]
noun
1.
a small, short-billed, black and white auk, Alle alle, of northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
2.
British. the black guillemot.
Also, dovekey.


Origin:
1815–25; dove1 + -kie compound suffix (see -ock, -ie)

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dovekie or dovekey (ˈdʌvkɪ)
 
n
See auk another name for the little auk
 
[C19: Scottish diminutive of dove1]
 
dovekey or dovekey
 
n
 
[C19: Scottish diminutive of dove1]

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