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
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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.
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My son says the blue heron looks more like a great auk, and that's probably why it has not attracted any blue herons.
An award-winning writer and artist, Albus tells the sad tales of the passenger pigeon, great auk, and two other extinct bird species, as well as those of six birds who may soon join them in oblivion, including the numerous macaws, the corncrake, and the kingfisher.
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