: the type genus of Alcidae usually including solely the razor-billed auk

Word History


New Latin, from Swedish alka auk, from Norwegian alk, alka

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alca was circa 1721

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“Alca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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