murrelet
noun Date: 1862 any of several small alcids of North Pacific islands and coasts

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Murrelet — Murre let, n. [Murre + let.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of several species of sea birds of the genera {Synthliboramphus} and {Brachyramphus}, inhabiting the North Pacific. They are closely related to the murres. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • murrelet — [mʉr′lit] n. [ MURRE + LET] any of a number of small auklike birds found chiefly on N Pacific islands …   English World dictionary

  • murrelet — /merr lit/, n. any of several small, chunky diving birds of the family Alcidae, of North Pacific coasts. [1870 75, Amer.; MURRE + LET] * * * ▪ bird       any of six species of small diving birds belonging to the auk family, Alcidae (order… …   Universalium

  • murrelet — /ˈmɜlət/ (say merluht) noun any of several small, chunky diving birds found chiefly on coasts of the northern Pacific, as the marbled murrelet, Brachyramphus marmoratus, and the Japanese murrelet, Synthliboramphus wumizusume. {murre + let} …   Australian English dictionary

  • murrelet — noun Any of several species of small seabirds, in the genera Brachyramphus and Synthliboramphus of the auk family, found in the North Pacific. See Also: murre …   Wiktionary

  • murrelet — n. type of diving bird native of North Pacific coastline …   English contemporary dictionary

  • murrelet — [ mə:lɪt] noun a small North Pacific auk, typically having a grey back and white underparts. [Genera Brachyramphus and Synthliboramphus: six species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • murrelet — murre·let …   English syllables

  • murrelet — murre•let [[t]ˈmɜr lɪt[/t]] n. orn any of several small, chunky diving birds of the auk family, of N Pacific coasts • Etymology: 1870–75, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • murrelet — ˈmərlə̇t noun ( s) Etymology: murre + let : any of several small sea birds (family Alcidae) found chiefly on islands of the north Pacific …   Useful english dictionary

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