- any of several alcidine sea birds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda, having a short neck and a large, compressed, grooved bill, as F. arctica (Atlantic puffin), of the North Atlantic.
Origin of puffin
Examples from the Web for puffin
Contemporary Examples of puffin
For the adventurous, try the reindeer or puffin; for those feeling fishy, go for arctic char or the array of sushi.Gal With a Suitcase
November 13, 2009
Historical Examples of puffin
He's my friend, and—and I don't like to see him puffin' like that.Mixed Faces
I did know that; but I thought you'd have had on your very best so as to soften the Puffin's heart.
We must hope that the Puffin may prove, as she expects, to be a disguised lamb.
Puffin turned from him in scorn, still concealing his own bag.
“Three and a half to four times, I should say,” repeated Puffin.
- any of various northern diving birds of the family Alcidae (auks, etc), esp Fratercula arctica (common or Atlantic puffin), having a black-and-white plumage and a brightly coloured vertically flattened bill: order Charadriiformes
Word Origin for puffin
Word Origin and History for puffin
North Atlantic seabird, mid-14c., perhaps connected with puff on notion of appearance, or from some Celtic word (earliest association is with Cornwall and Scilly), and altered by influence of puff.