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[puhf-in] /ˈpʌf ɪn/
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
1300-50; Middle English poffoun, poffin, puffon (compare Anglo-Latin poffo, puffo); origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for puffin


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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