great auk
noun Date: circa 1828 an extinct large flightless auk (Pinguinus impennis) formerly abundant along North Atlantic coasts

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  • great auk — great′ auk′ n. orn a large flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, of rocky islands off N Atlantic coasts: extinct since 1844 …   From formal English to slang

  • great auk — n. a large, flightless auk (Pinguinus impennis) of the N Atlantic, extinct since 1844 …   English World dictionary

  • Great Auk — Taxobox name = Great Auk status = EX extinct = 1852. The last specimen was sighted in Newfoundland. status system = iucn3.1 image width = 200px image caption = Breeding (standing) and nonbreeding (swimming) plumage. By John Gerrard Keulemans.… …   Wikipedia

  • great auk — noun large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct • Syn: ↑Pinguinus impennis • Hypernyms: ↑auk • Member Holonyms: ↑Pinguinus, ↑genus Pinguinus * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • great auk — a large, flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, of rocky islands off North Atlantic coasts: extinct since 1844. [1820 30] * * * Flightless seabird (Pinguinus impennis) extinct since 1844. Great auks bred in colonies on rocky islands off North… …   Universalium

  • great auk — noun A large auk, Pinguinus impennis. Syn: garefowl …   Wiktionary

  • great auk — noun a large flightless auk of the North Atlantic, exterminated in the 19th century. [Alca impennis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • great auk — /greɪt ˈɔk/ (say grayt awk) noun a large, flightless seabird, Pinguinus impennis, formerly abundant on the coasts of the northern Atlantic, but now extinct; garefowl …   Australian English dictionary

  • Auk — Auk, n. [Prov. E. alk; akin to Dan. alke, Icel. & Sw. alka.] (Zo[ o]l.) A name given to various species of arctic sea birds of the family {Alcid[ae]}. The great auk, now extinct, is {Alca impennis} (or {Plautus impennis}) . The razor billed auk… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auk — /awk/, n. any of several usually black and white diving birds of the family Alcidae, of northern seas, having webbed feet and small wings. Cf. great auk, razor billed auk. [1665 75; < Scand; cf. ON alka] * * * In general, any of 22 species of… …   Universalium

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