dove·​kie | \ ˈdəv-kē How to pronounce dovekie (audio) \

Definition of dovekie

: a small short-billed auk (Alle alle) breeding on arctic coasts and ranging south in winter

Examples of dovekie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For now, the dovekie population is thriving, producing just as many healthy chicks as before. Thor Hanson, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2021 Miscellaneous: Reports included a dovekie at Cuttyhunk Island., 17 Apr. 2021 At Andrew’s Point in Rockport, sightings included a Pacific loon and a dovekie., 28 Oct. 2019 Richards confirms that monkfish can prey on small birds called dovekies, and the biggest could indeed snatch a goose. Rachel Ellner,, 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of dovekie

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dovekie

Scots, "the black guillemot (Cepphus grylle)," from dove dove entry 1 + -kie, double diminutive suffix (from -k, -ick, -ock -ock + -ie -ie); allegedly so called from the dove-like bond between nesting pairs

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“Dovekie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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