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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations
aŭko
ruokki
alk
alke
alka

auk

[ɔːk] Nalca f
little aukmérgulo m marino
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auk

n (Zool) → Alk m
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References in periodicals archive ?
Traditionally, Charadriiformes have been divided into three suborders: Charadrii, Lari, and Alcae. In a 1978 phylogenetic study on Chardriiform osteology, Strauch used compatibility analysis on specimens from over 20 collections worldwide and reorganized the Charadriiformes into the following three suborders: Alcae, Scalopaci, and Chardrii.
A numerical study of the wing and leg muscles of Lari and Alcae. Ibis 111:459-524.