auk

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noun \ˈȯk\

Definition of auk

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of auk

Norwegian or Icelandic alk, alka, from Old Norse ālka


First Known Use: 1674


AUK Defined for English Language Learners

auk

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noun \ˈȯk\

Definition of auk for English Language Learners

  • : a black-and-white seabird of northern oceans


AUK Defined for Kids

auk

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noun \ˈȯk\

Definition of auk for Students

  1. :  a black-and-white diving seabird of cold parts of the northern hemisphere



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