great auk


noun

a large, flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, of rocky islands off North Atlantic coasts: extinct since 1844.

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Origin of great auk

First recorded in 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for great auk

great auk

noun

a large flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, extinct since the middle of the 19th century
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