Definition of auk
: any of several black-and-white short-necked diving seabirds of the alcid family that breed in colder parts of the northern hemisphere — compare great auk
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Man has long imperilled beast, as reflected by the extinction of the passenger pigeon, great auk, and Tasmanian tiger.
Another big bird that's no longer with us is the great auk—a favorite of Bill Rapley, the Toronto Zoo's executive director of conservation.
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Origin and Etymology of auk
Norwegian or Icelandic alk, alka, from Old Norse ālka
First Known Use: 1674See Words from the same year
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Definition of auk for English Language Learners
: a black-and-white seabird of northern oceans
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Definition of auk for Students
: a black-and-white diving seabird of cold parts of the northern hemisphere
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