guillemot

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guil·le·mot

noun \ˈgi-lə-ˌmät\

Definition of GUILLEMOT

1
British :  a common murre (Uria aalge)
2
:  any of a genus (Cepphus) of narrow-billed auks of northern seas

Origin of GUILLEMOT

French, from Middle French, diminutive of Guillaume William
First Known Use: circa 1672

guillemot

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of three species of black-and-white seabirds (genus Cepphus, family Alcidae). Guillemots have a pointed, black bill and red legs. Guillemots are deep divers that feed at the bottom. The best-known species, the black guillemot, breeds around the Arctic Circle and winters south to the British Isles, Maine, and the Bering Strait; it is about 14 in. (35 cm) long. The similar pigeon guillemot breeds along both coasts of the North Pacific, south to Japan and southern California; the spectacled guillemot breeds from Japan to the Kuril Islands. In British usage, the name also refers to birds called murres in the U.S.

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