Auk (?), n. [Prov. E. alk; akin to Dan. alke, Icel. & Sw. alka.] Zool.

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.

 

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