auklet

noun
auk·​let | \ ˈȯ-klət How to pronounce auklet (audio) \

Definition of auklet

: 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 During a monthlong visit last summer, biologist Alexis Will observed auklets diving into the water in search of copepods. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, "Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?," 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, "Poor Farallon Islands bird breeding season prompts alarm," 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, "Poor Farallon Islands bird breeding season prompts alarm," 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, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 More than 30 dead seabirds -- murres, auklets and puffins -- have been found near the village in recent weeks, said Ken Stenek, a high school science teacher from the village. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Add krill and mussels to the list of unusual marine deaths in Northwest Alaska," 19 June 2019 Forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins also died. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Officials recorded deaths of forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean," 11 Aug. 2018 Now free of foxes, Big Koniuji still hosts thousands of auklets in the midsummer breeding season. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Why some birds smell like tangerines, and others smell like lavender," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of auklet

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Auklet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auklet. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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