auk·​let ˈȯ-klət How to pronounce auklet (audio)
: any of several small seabirds (especially genera Aethia and Ptychorhamphus) of the alcid family that occur along North Pacific coasts

Examples of auklet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Interest in the subject has accelerated because of die-offs of some of the puffin’s auk family relatives, such as common murres and Cassin’s auklets off the West Coast. Patrick Whittle,, 29 Aug. 2023 There are four species of puffin: the Atlantic, the horned, the tufted and the rhinoceros auklet. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 27 Sep. 2022 The crested auklet looks like a smiling clown that never blinks. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2021 Plankton-eating auklets, for instance, increased in the northern Bering Sea in 2017 and 2018, but declined in the Chukchi Sea. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 26 Feb. 2020 During a monthlong visit last summer, biologist Alexis Will observed auklets diving into the water in search of copepods. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Nov. 2019 One result was the lack of juvenile anchovies and rockfish, which murres and rhinoceros auklets use to feed their chicks. Will Houston, The Mercury News, 2 Sep. 2019 Cassin’s auklets, which normally have about 75% breeding success had a rate of less than 10% this year. Will Houston, The Mercury News, 2 Sep. 2019 Here, the northern fur seals number more than half a million strong, and avian species include horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and crested auklets. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auklet was in 1883

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“Auklet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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