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puffin

[puhf-in] /ˈpʌf ɪn/
noun
1.
any of several alcidine sea birds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda, having a short neck and a large, compressed, grooved bill, as F. arctica (Atlantic puffin) of the North Atlantic.
Origin of puffin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English poffoun, poffin, puffon (compare Anglo-Latin poffo, puffo); origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for puffin
Contemporary Examples
  • For the adventurous, try the reindeer or puffin; for those feeling fishy, go for arctic char or the array of sushi.

    Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt November 12, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The puffin uses its wings under the water, and so do the other members of the auk family.

  • He's my friend, and—and I don't like to see him puffin' like that.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • She was the one black sheep of the fold, for she had committed the unpardonable sin—she had laughed at Mr. puffin.

  • We must hope that the puffin may prove, as she expects, to be a disguised lamb.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • Its name, it is believed, is derived from two Norse words meaning puffin Isle.

    Devonshire Francis A. Knight
  • I have the honour to give you a lemon, Captain puffin, and a slice of sugar.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • I did know that; but I thought you'd have had on your very best so as to soften the puffin's heart.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • puffin felt as calm as a tropic night, and as courageous as a captain.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • That's very fortunate for you, Mr. puffin, for you must have so much to put up with from the poor people.

British Dictionary definitions for puffin

puffin

/ˈpʌfɪn/
noun
1.
any of various northern diving birds of the family Alcidae (auks, etc), esp Fratercula arctica (common or Atlantic puffin), having a black-and-white plumage and a brightly coloured vertically flattened bill: order Charadriiformes
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of Cornish origin
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Word Origin and History for puffin
n.

North Atlantic seabird, mid-14c., perhaps connected with puff on notion of appearance, or from some Celtic word (earliest association is with Cornwall and Scilly), and altered by influence of puff.

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