little auk

  1. the dovekie, Alle alle.

Origin of little auk

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby little auk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use little auk in a sentence

  • They calculated how many days a member of each species could endure without food during a cyclone, and found that little auks in particular could only fast for several days.

  • The guillemots, also, are not so numerous as they were two days ago; but from to-day we date the reappearance of the little auk.

  • The gulls increase conspicuously in number, and yesterday we saw a little auk (Mergulus alle) in a lane.

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  • When far off they uttered cries which reminded me of that of the wryneck, and which I at first thought came from a little auk.

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  • The little auk is no longer to be seen or heard; the only birds are an ivory-gull now and then, and occasionally a fulmar.

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  • All the birds seemed to have disappeared to-day; not even a cheery little auk to be seen.

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