- a small, short-billed, black and white auk, Alle alle, of northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
- British. the black guillemot.
Origin of dovekie
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A dovekie, in its white winter plumage, and two seals have been seen lately.In the Arctic Seas
Francis Leopold McClintock
This little bird belongs to the family of auks and puffins, the guillemots and the dovekie.
The dovekie, or black guillemot (Uria grylle), breeds in great numbers in the Orkney islands.
The Dovekie is sometimes called a little auk to distinguish it from the larger species of the family.
The Dovekie builds a simple nest usually in the crevices of rocky cliffs bordering the sea coast.
- another name for the little aukSee auk
C19: Scottish diminutive of dove 1
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