- 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
Oolichuk continued this process until the first auk was finished.The Giant of the North
Upon the whole, I thought it would not do to depend upon the auk.
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.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
Of all the Auk tribe, so far as my experience goes, the Puffin flies the most.British Sea Birds
C17: from Old Norse ālka; related to Swedish alka, Danish alke
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Word Origin and History for auk
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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