EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
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Examples from the Web for auk Historical Examples of auk
Oolichuk continued this process until the first
auk was finished.
Upon the whole, I thought it would not do to depend upon the
But there was a deplorable lack of information about the haunts and habits of the
auk. Auk, is a term, in compound words of these dialects, denoting wood.
Of all the
Auk tribe, so far as my experience goes, the Puffin flies the most. British Dictionary definitions for auk noun 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 Charadriiformes See 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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Word Origin and History for auk n.
1670s, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse
alka, probably originally imitative of a water-bird cry (cf. Latin olor "swan," Greek elea "marsh bird").
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