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[gil-uh-mot] /ˈgɪl əˌmɒt/
a black or brown-speckled seabird of the genus Cepphus, of northern seas, having a sharply pointed black bill, red legs, and white wing patches, as C. grylle (black guillemot) of the North Atlantic and the similar C. columba (pigeon guillemot) of the North Pacific.
British. a murre of the genus Uria.
Origin of guillemot
1670-80; < French, apparently diminutive of Guillaume William Unabridged
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  • On the eastern coast of England, the guillemot is best known by the name of Willock.

  • The birds comprise a darter, a cormorant, a guillemot, and a penguin.

  • The guillemot lays a single egg, without making a nest of any kind for its reception.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The guillemot makes no nest, merely laying a single egg on a ledge.

  • Thus the Herring-Gull occupies a comparatively small area, though one which is many times larger than that of the guillemot.

    Territory in Bird Life H. Eliot Howard
  • Its actions in the water are almost precisely the same as those of the guillemot.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The guillemot makes no nest, lays but one egg, and incubation lasts about a month.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Like the guillemot it breeds abundantly on the Shiant Islands.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • The guillemot breeds on several of the rocky islands, Gorregan and Mincarlo among the number.

    The Isles of Scilly Jessie Mothersole
  • But, indirectly, its behaviour would affect the guillemot race.

    Territory in Bird Life H. Eliot Howard
British Dictionary definitions for guillemot


any northern oceanic diving bird of the genera Uria and Cepphus, having a black-and-white plumage and long narrow bill: family Alcidae (auks, etc), order Charadriiformes
Word Origin
C17: from French, diminutive of Guillaume William
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