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 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., 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 The story of how one of Britain’s biggest seabird colonies, once full of puffins, guillemots and razorbills, went silent this year due to climate change is a devastating read, via the Guardian. Aubrey Nagle,, 4 June 2018 The islands are also protected habitats for Manx shearwaters, northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake, razorbill, guillemot, peregrine falcon and storm petrel. Julia Blakely, Smithsonian, 11 Jan. 2018 In Divoky's first years on the island, warming appeared to be good for the guillemot colony there. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, 21 Sep. 2017

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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