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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.]
(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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||puffin - 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.
puffin[ˈpʌfɪn] N → frailecillo m
n → Papageientaucher m, → Lund m