great auk

noun

Definition of great auk 

: an extinct large flightless auk (Pinguinus impennis) formerly abundant along North Atlantic coasts

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Like the dodo and the great auk, the tiger found a curious immortality as a global icon of extinction, more renowned for the tragedy of its death than for its life, about which little is known. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012

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1768, in the meaning defined above

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