great auk


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great auk

n.
A large flightless seabird (Pinguinus impennis) formerly common on northern Atlantic coasts but extinct since the mid-1800s.

great auk

n
(Animals) a large flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, extinct since the middle of the 19th century

great′ auk′


n.
a large flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, of rocky islands off N Atlantic coasts: extinct since 1844.
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Noun1.great auk - large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coastsgreat auk - large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct
auk - black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
Translations
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The only British breeding bird to have become extinct is the great auk - hunted out of existence by 19th-Century bloodlust that didn't stop in time.
WORDWISE: C WHO AM I: Chris Moyles 10 QUESTIONS: 1 London's Biggest Conversation, 2 The Snowman, 3 The great auk, 4 Loch Ness, 5 Ladyhawke, 6 Druridge Bay, 7 Peach, 8 Yorkshire, 9 Leonid Brezhnev, 10 Lex Luther
Thornhill, whose The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk was awarded the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, has returned with another engaging and informative bird-focused book.
As well as getting up close to Dippy, families will also be able to see a velociraptor cast, a cast of a dinosaur nest and a real Great auk, the famous bird which became extinct the mid-19th century.
As well as getting up close to Dippy, who will be taking centre stage, families will also be able to see a velociraptor cast, a cast of a dinosaur nest and a real Great auk, the famous bird which became extinct the mid-19th century
Online book news company Publishers Weekly announced on Wednesday that Jan Thornhill is the winner of the CAD30,000 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for her illustrated nonfiction picture book The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.
The (http://www.audubon.org/magazine/may-june-2014/why-passenger-pigeon-went-extinct) American passenger pigeon , the (http://johnjames.audubon.org/last-carolina-parakeet) Carolina parakeet and the (http://johnjames.audubon.org/extinction-great-auk) Great Auk 6 once well-established in North America 6 disappeared.
Many more of the world's biggest and baddest creatures, including the black rhino, the dodo, giant tortoises, the sabretooth tiger, and the great auk, have vanished since our world became truly global.
These taxonomic units include the Panamanian golden frog, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino.
Among the birds presented in the app are six birds that are now extinct which are carolina parakeet, ssquimaux curlew, great auk, labrador duck, passenger pigeon, and pinnated grouse.
The variety is extreme, eclectic and sometimes humorous--from the stuffed Great Auk (the last one known in Iceland, killed in 1821, and bought at Sotheby's collectively by the Icelandic nation in 1971) to the dark chamber holding 14 manuscripts of Jonsbok, the text that contained the statutes of Iceland, from 1363 to the 20th century.
His Great Auk, a gawky flightless bird hunted to extinction for its feathers, meat, fat and oil, now guards an entrance to remote Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador.