\ˈmər \

Definition of murre 

: any of a genus (Uria) of black-and-white alcids especially : a common seabird (U. aalge) of northern seas

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Spastic seabirds, the puffins, murres and a variety of seagulls challenged the boat, sometimes strafing in disdain when no morsels were cast their way. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Even with one bad eye, Alaska’s Barren Islands are a sight to behold," 13 June 2018 Also in the mix are some kittiwakes, murres and auklets, the federal agency said. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, "Hundreds of dead birds found on Bering Sea shores," 12 Sep. 2017 Seabirds such as common murres could be the culprits. Washington Post, "Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon," 17 Sep. 2017 That day the soundtrack to the islands was the cacophony of thousands of murres roosting together, which pretty much drowned out the songs of all other seabirds, save for the occasional gull squawk. Bonnie Tsui, New York Times, "The Farallon Islands Are Off Limits to Humans — but Not Wildlife," 19 May 2016 Wildlife sightings are scarce this trip, mainly penguin-like murres, although a dozen Zodiac riders spot a polar bear and cubs ashore. Norma Meyer, Orange County Register, "Arctic Adventure," 19 May 2017 Good flyers like sandpipers and murres tend to lay eggs that are more elongated and more asymmetrical—a bit like the shape of a Zeppelin—likely because lots of time in the air requires lightweight, compact bodies. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A surprisingly simple explanation for the shape of bird eggs," 22 June 2017 Common murres, for instance, are fast, powerful fliers and have asymmetric eggs, as do least sandpipers, which migrate long distances. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings," 22 June 2017 San Francisco Whale Tours posted on Facebook more photos after boats followed three or four humpback whales and calves, harbor seals and and birds, such as common murres and Brandt's cormorants. Sacbee,, "Photo shows how active whales near Golden Gate Bridge have been," 12 May 2017

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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