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  1. either of two black and white diving birds of the genus Uria, of northern seas, U. aalge (common murre) or U. lomvia (thick-billed murre).
  2. razor-billed auk.
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Origin of murre

First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for murre

Historical Examples of murre

  • The Leach's Petrel, Murre, and some other sea birds, have but one egg.

    The Bird Study Book

    Thomas Gilbert Pearson

  • Coolidge's party went to the Murre Rocks, where the Guillemots breed, and brought about fifteen hundred eggs.

  • When the mouthe turneth in speakinge it is a sygne that it is infected with some catarre or murre as is manyfest ynough.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things

    Edmund Fillingham King

  • Murrain (or morena in Latin chronicles) is probably the modern survival of mure or murre.

  • The murre does not fly high, nor is it a very active bird, or apparently of long flight.

British Dictionary definitions for murre


  1. US and Canadian any guillemot of the genus Uria
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Word Origin for murre

C17: origin unknown
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