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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
References in classic literature ?
And over this desolate face of nature a stern silence reigned, scarcely broken by the flapping of the wings of petrels and puffins.
Naturally the Chickies and the Gooverooskies and the Epatkas--the Burgomaster Gulls and the Kittiwakes and the Puffins, who are always looking for a chance to be rude, took up the cry, and--so Limmershin told me--for nearly five minutes you could not have heard a gun fired on Walrus Islet.
Two friends help a volunteer from the Puffin Patrol to search for puffins that have accidentally strayed.
However, and I am now referring to the Puffin roundabout, there was no mention of the traffic that will certainly have their journey times cut, at certain times by as much as 15 to 20 minutes even on a short journey, by not having to queue to enter the A55 at the roundabout.
The RSPB's Project Puffin asked members of the public who photographed the birds - dubbed the "puffarazzi" - to send in their snaps to help scientists understand which fish puffin chicks are being fed.
Puffin colonies are rare in many areas where they were once abundant due to impacts to critical puffin breeding and feeding habitat.
The Oxford University study carried out on the Pembrokeshire island, managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, revealed that puffin pairs that follow similar migration routes breed more successfully the following season.
Chris Orange from Surrey snapped a shot of the Puffin with its eyes closed during a summer visit to the Farne Islands.
As part of this study, Atlantic puffin populations and chick weights at three Maine islands were examined between 2005-14.
Place one WHITE flattened puffin into the 200 ml of water of your first beaker and stir.
Audubon maintains three web cameras on Seal Island, a National Wildlife Refuge in outer Penobscot Bay, 22 miles off Rockland and one of the key puffin habitats in Maine.
Now, thanks to a grant from the Annenberg Foundation, the Puffin Cam offered new opportunities for research and outreach.