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  1. a black or brown-speckled seabird of the genus Cepphus, of northern seas, having a sharply pointed black bill, red legs, and white wing patches, as C. grylle (black guillemot), of the North Atlantic and the similar C. columba (pigeon guillemot) of the North Pacific.
  2. British. a murre of the genus Uria.
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Origin of guillemot

1670–80; < French, apparently diminutive of Guillaume William
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Examples from the Web for guillemot

Historical Examples of guillemot

  • The guillemot makes no nest, merely laying a single egg on a ledge.

    Yorkshire Painted And Described

    Gordon Home

  • The birds comprise a darter, a cormorant, a guillemot, and a penguin.

  • The speed with which the guillemot cuts the water is truly amazing.

  • A man from the south heard one day of a guillemot that could talk.

  • Its actions in the water are almost precisely the same as those of the Guillemot.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for guillemot


  1. any northern oceanic diving bird of the genera Uria and Cepphus, having a black-and-white plumage and long narrow bill: family Alcidae (auks, etc), order Charadriiformes
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Word Origin for guillemot

C17: from French, diminutive of Guillaume William
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