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

Examples of murre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Interest in the subject has accelerated because of die-offs of some of the puffin’s auk family relatives, such as common murres and Cassin’s auklets off the West Coast. Patrick Whittle,, 29 Aug. 2023 And amid a tornado of shearwaters, murres, gulls and pelicans, all working on the hapless baitfish pushed to the surface by the salmon. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2023 Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included 3 Pacific loons, 15 common murres, 450 razorbills, 35 black-legged kittiwakes, 60 Iceland gulls, a glaucous gull, and 2 common redpolls., 22 Mar. 2023 In Plympton, three sandhill cranes and a common murre at the Shifting Lots Preserve. Isabela Rocha,, 24 Dec. 2022 And this happens more quickly for animals that use a lot of energy, like the diving murre. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 9 Sep. 2014 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., 9 July 2022 Other notable species included a brown booby observed from a whale watching boat several miles north of Provincetown, and a royal tern, a razorbill, and a common murre off Race Point Beach in Provincetown., 17 July 2021 With plankton depleted, many species on which the murre depend for prey saw declines in body condition. oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2020

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Word History


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First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of murre was in 1794

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“Murre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a common black-and-white web-footed bird of northern seas
also : any of several related seabirds

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