guillemot

[ gil-uh-mot ]
/ ˈgɪl əˌmɒt /
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noun

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.
British. a murre of the genus Uria.

Nearby words

  1. guillaume de machaut,
  2. guillem,
  3. guillemet,
  4. guillemin,
  5. guillemin, roger charles louis,
  6. guilloche,
  7. guillotine,
  8. guillén,
  9. guillén, jorge,
  10. guilt

Origin of guillemot

1670–80; < French, apparently diminutive of Guillaume William

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British Dictionary definitions for guillemot

guillemot

/ (ˈɡɪlɪˌmɒt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for guillemot

C17: from French, diminutive of Guillaume William

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