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murrelet

[mur-lit] /ˈmɜr lɪt/
noun
1.
any of several small, chunky diving birds of the family Alcidae, of North Pacific coasts.
Origin of murrelet
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; murre + -let
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  • murrelet chicks are virtually helpless at hatching and rely on the adults for food.
  • murrelet reproductive success is strongly correlated with the abundance of mid-trophic-level prey.
  • Such sales will not include known occupied marbled murrelet sites or unsurveyed, suitable marbled murrelet habitat.
  • Normally feeding on seeds and nuts, jays also prey on the endangered marbled murrelet and their chicks.
British Dictionary definitions for murrelet

murrelet

/ˈmɜːlɪt/
noun
1.
any of several small diving birds of the genus Brachyramphus and related genera, similar and related to the auks: family Alcidae, order Charadriiformes
Word Origin
C19: from murre + -let
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