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auk

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

1665–75; <Scandinavian; compare Old Norse alka
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British Dictionary definitions for auk

auk
/ (ɔːk) /

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 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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