Atlantic puffin


noun

See under puffin.

Definition for atlantic puffin (2 of 2)

puffin
[ puhf-in ]
/ ˈpʌf ɪn /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for atlantic puffin

puffin
/ (ˈpʌfɪn) /

noun

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 for puffin

C14: perhaps of Cornish origin
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