auk auk


  • (n) black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas


  1. Since the all but defenseless great auk provided a source of meat and oil, fishermen clubbed the birds to death by the millions on the rookeries off Newfoundland.
  2. By landing triumphantly in Buzzards Bay, Wheeler brought the great auk back from extinction, at least in the human imagination.
  3. Looking somewhat like a dove-sized penguin, the little auk is helpless on land.


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