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any of several usually black-and-white diving birds of the family Alcidae, of northern seas, having webbed feet and small wings.

Origin of auk

1665–75; < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse alka Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for auk

/ (ɔːk) /


any of various diving birds of the family Alcidae of northern oceans having a heavy body, short tail, narrow wings, and a black-and-white plumage: order CharadriiformesSee also great auk, razorbill auk
little auk or dovekie a small short-billed auk, Plautus alle, abundant in Arctic regions

Word Origin for auk

C17: from Old Norse ālka; related to Swedish alka, Danish alke
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