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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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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.

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

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • She was the one black sheep of the fold, for she had committed the unpardonable sin—she had laughed at Mr. puffin.

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

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • 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


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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