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Princeton's WordNet

  1. auk(noun)

    black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas

Wiktionary

  1. auk(Noun)

    Any of several species of Arctic sea birds of the family Alcidae.

  2. Origin: From alka, from álka, from allakōn, from el-. Cognate with alka, alke, dialectal alla, olor, ελέα, alarch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auk(noun)

    a name given to various species of arctic sea birds of the family Alcidae. The great auk, now extinct, is Alca (/ Plautus) impennis. The razor-billed auk is A. torda. See Puffin, Guillemot, and Murre

  2. Origin: [Prov. E. alk; akin to Dan. alke, Icel. & Sw. alka.]

Freebase

  1. Auk

    An auk is a bird of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. Extant auks range in size from the Least Auklet, at 85 g and 15 cm, to the Thick-billed Murre, at 1 kg and 45 cm. They are good swimmers and divers, but their walking appears clumsy. Modern auks can fly. Due to their short wings, auks have to flap their wings very quickly in order to fly. Auks are superficially similar to penguins having black-and-white colours, upright posture and some of their habits. Nevertheless they are not closely related to penguins, but rather are believed to be an example of moderate convergent evolution. Auks live on the open sea and only go ashore for breeding, although some species, like the Common Guillemot, spend a great part of the year defending their nesting spot from others. Several species have different names in Europe and North America. The guillemots of Europe are murres in North America, if they occur in both continents, and the Little Auk becomes the Dovekie. Some species, such as the Uria guillemots, nest in large colonies on cliff edges; others, like the Cepphus guillemots, breed in small groups on rocky coasts; and the puffins, auklets and some murrelets nest in burrows. All species except the Brachyramphus murrelets are colonial.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Auk

    awk, n. a genus of web-footed sea-birds, with short wings used only as paddles, found in the northern seas. The Great Auk is supposed to have become extinct in 1844. [Ice. álka.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. auk

    A sea-bird with short wings. The great auk or gair-fowl (Alca impennis) was formerly common on all the northern coasts, where they laid their eggs, ingeniously poised, on the bare rocks. They were very good eating, and having been taken in great numbers by the Esquimaux, and by European sailors on whaling voyages, the species is now supposed to be exterminated.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of auk in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of auk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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