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  1. Puffinus, genus Puffinusnoun



  1. Puffinus

    Puffinus is a genus of seabirds in the order Procellariiformes. It comprises about 20 small to medium-sized shearwaters. Two other shearwater genera are named: Calonectris, which comprises three large shearwaters, and Procellaria with another four large species. The latter are usually called 'petrels', although they are thought to be more closely related to the shearwaters than to the other petrels. Despite the resemblance in the name, the puffins are auks, and completely unrelated to the shearwaters in the genus Puffinus; the genus name Puffinus is actually a New Latin loanword based on the English "puffin". The original Latin term for shearwaters was usually the catchall name for sea-birds, mergus. The taxonomy of this group is the cause of much debate, and the number of recognised species depends on the source. The species in this group are long-winged birds, dark brown or black above, and white to dark brown below. They are pelagic outside the breeding season. They are most common in temperate and cold waters. These tubenose birds fly with stiff wings, and use a shearing flight technique to move across wave fronts with the minimum of active flight. Some small species, such as the Manx Shearwater, are cruciform in flight, with their long wings held directly out from their bodies.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Puffinus in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Puffinus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    having or resembling a stinger or barb
    • A. butch
    • B. ravening
    • C. aculeate
    • D. eloquent

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