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puf·fin

 (pŭf′ĭn)
n.
Any of several seabirds of the genus Fratercula of northern regions, characteristically having black-and-white plumage and a vertically flattened, triangular bill that is brightly colored during breeding season.

[Middle English poffoun, puffon, perhaps from puf, puff; see puff.]

puffin

(ˈpʌfɪn)
n
(Animals) 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
[C14: perhaps of Cornish origin]

puf•fin

(ˈpʌf ɪn)

n.
any of several sea birds of the genus Fratercula, of the auk family, with a short neck and a colorful, triangular bill.
[1300–50; Middle English poffoun, poffin, puffon (compare Anglo-Latin poffo, puffo); orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puffin - any of two genera of northern seabirds having short necks and brightly colored compressed billspuffin - any of two genera of northern seabirds having short necks and brightly colored compressed bills
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.
Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica - common puffin of the northern Atlantic
Fratercula corniculata, horned puffin - northern Pacific puffin
Lunda cirrhata, tufted puffin - northern Pacific puffin having a large yellow plume over each eye

puffin

noun
Related words
adjective alcidine
habitation puffinry
Translations
papuchalk
GelbschopflundHundlundLundLundevogelNashornalk
lunni
macareuxmacareux moine
lundi
alka bielobradá
lunnefågel

puffin

[ˈpʌfɪn] Nfrailecillo m

puffin

[ˈpʌfɪn] n (= bird) → macareux mpuff pastry (British) puff paste (US) npâte f feuilletée

puffin

nPapageientaucher m, → Lund m

puffin

[ˈpʌfɪn] npulcinella m di mare, puffino
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