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auk

 (ôk)
n.
Any of various diving seabirds of the family Alcidae of northern regions, having a chunky body, short wings, and webbed feet, such as the razorbill and the murres. Also called alcid.

[Norwegian alk, from Old Norse ālka.]

auk

(ɔːk)
n
1. (Animals) any of various diving birds of the family Alcidae of northern oceans having a heavy body, short tail, narrow wings, and a black-and-white plumage: order Charadriiformes. See also great auk, razorbill
2. (Animals) little auk dovekie a small short-billed auk, Plautus alle, abundant in Arctic regions
[C17: from Old Norse ālka; related to Swedish alka, Danish alke]

auk

(ɔk)

n.
any of several small-winged black and white diving birds of the family Alcidae, of northern seas, having webbed feet. Compare great auk.
[1665–75; < Scandinavian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.auk - black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seasauk - black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
sea bird, seabird, seafowl - a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.
Alcidae, family Alcidae - web-footed diving seabirds of northern seas: auks; puffins; guillemots; murres; etc.
auklet - any of several small auks of the northern Pacific coasts
Alca torda, razorbill, razor-billed auk - black-and-white northern Atlantic auk having a compressed sharp-edged bill
dovekie, little auk, Plautus alle - small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions
great auk, Pinguinus impennis - large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct
guillemot - small black or brown speckled auks of northern seas
Translations
aŭko
ruokki
alk
alke
alka

auk

[ɔːk] Nalca f
little aukmérgulo m marino

auk

n (Zool) → Alk m
References in classic literature ?
Hence it will cause him no surprise that there should be geese and frigate-birds with webbed feet, either living on the dry land or most rarely alighting on the water; that there should be long-toed corncrakes living in meadows instead of in swamps; that there should be woodpeckers where not a tree grows; that there should be diving thrushes, and petrels with the habits of auks.
Petrels are the most aerial and oceanic of birds, yet in the quiet Sounds of Tierra del Fuego, the Puffinuria berardi, in its general habits, in its astonishing power of diving, its manner of swimming, and of flying when unwillingly it takes flight, would be mistaken by any one for an auk or grebe; nevertheless, it is essentially a petrel, but with many parts of its organisation profoundly modified.
The form of its beak and nostrils, length of foot, and even the colouring of its plumage, show that this bird is a petrel: on the other hand, its short wings and consequent little power of flight, its form of body and shape of tail, the absence of a hind toe to its foot, its habit of diving, and its choice of situation, make it at first doubtful whether its relationship is not equally close with the auks.
Among those few are three fishermen who, on June 3, 1844, land on the desolate island of Eldey, off the coast of Iceland, and kill the last pair of flightless great auks.
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk tells the story of great auks, a penguin-like North Atlantic bird species.
Particularly effective is the concluding spread in which ghost great auks haunt an island now inhabited by other nesting seabirds, including the more recently arrived Atlantic puffins, whose burrow nests were only made possible by the soil created from the decomposed bodies of discarded auk carcasses--from death, life.
Professor Birkhead used the annual number of shipwrecks off western Britain as an index of oil pollution, to which auks such as Guillemots are very susceptible.
Plus Arctic foxes pluck auks from the sky mid-flight.
Giviak is like a stuffed turkey but the stuffed stuff is auks and the stuffee is a seal.
Did her aunt Astrid really say "Someone is frying two grilled auks," or "Someone is trying to kill us"?
Confeccaode bag cotton canvas, in ecru, with dimensions width 46 cm x height 36 cm, two auks polyester tape with logo state government of bahia - sesab - dires
Observations were made of glaucous gulls (Larus hyperboreus) stealing little auks (Alle alle) stored in a den by arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) in Magdalenefjorden, northwest Spitsbergen.