murrelet

[mur-lit]

Origin of murrelet

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; murre + -let
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British Dictionary definitions for murrelet

murrelet

noun
  1. any of several small diving birds of the genus Brachyramphus and related genera, similar and related to the auks: family Alcidae, order Charadriiformes

Word Origin for murrelet

C19: from murre + -let
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