guillemot

noun

guil·​le·​mot ˈgi-lə-ˌmät How to pronounce guillemot (audio)
1
British : a common murre (Uria aalge)
2
: any of a genus (Cepphus) of narrow-billed auks of northern seas

Examples of guillemot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Cape Ann, a black guillemot was found at Pebble Beach in Rockport, five unseasonal black-legged kittiwakes at Andrews Point in Rockport, five red crossbills at Mount Ann Park in Gloucester and two pine siskins at Halibut Point in Rockport. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2022 At Salisbury a black guillemot , at Halibut Point in Rockport a black vulture. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2022 On a Zodiac ride off Alkefjellet, the air is alive with birds, including tens of thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots as well as glaucous gulls and kittiwakes, which nest in that island’s cliffs, while a young male polar bear munches on a ring seal, chin glistening red. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2023 At Cape Ann off Rockport, a summering harlequin duck and a black guillemot offshore at the Dry Salvages, and at Andrews Point in Rockport, a common murre and three black guillemots. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included 2 Pacific loons, 3 common murres, a black guillemot, 50 razorbills, 6 great cormorants. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2022 That bird is the black guillemot, a sleek ebony sea bird that spends its entire life in the Arctic. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2022 From Plum Island, came reports of two little blue herons, a Baird’s sandpiper, a black guillemot, and a yellow-throated warbler. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included 3 Pacific loons, 26 red-necked grebes, 10 dovekies, 35 common murres, 255 razorbills, a black guillemot, 14 Iceland gulls, and 68 black-legged kittiwakes. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Middle French, diminutive of Guillaume William

First Known Use

circa 1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guillemot was circa 1672

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“Guillemot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guillemot. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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