guillemot

noun
guil·​le·​mot | \ ˈgi-lə-ˌmät How to pronounce guillemot (audio) \

Definition of guillemot

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 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 At a small sandbar island in the Arctic, Mandt’s black guillemots are breeding earlier, trying to keep up with the pace of ice melt. National Geographic, 19 Aug. 2019 Another striking feature of climate change at this small colony: Polar bears now visit the sandbar and try to eat the small guillemot snacks. National Geographic, 19 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of starving guillemots were washing up in the Netherlands. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, 10 Apr. 2019 Common murres, known elsewhere as common guillemots, are an indicator of the health of an ecosystem. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, 11 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of guillemot

circa 1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guillemot

French, from Middle French, diminutive of Guillaume William

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“Guillemot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guillemot. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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