puf·​fin | \ˈpə-fən \

Definition of puffin 

: any of several seabirds (genera Fratercula and Lunda) of the northern hemisphere having a short neck and a deep grooved parti-colored laterally compressed bill

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That perfect picture of a puffin on United Kingdom’s Skomer Island is coming at a price. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Photographers on Skomer Island are crushing puffins to death while trying to take pictures, wardens say," 31 July 2018 The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is currently showing six sculptures, while one of a puffin is on display at the Audubon Zoo; more pieces will be added to both locations in October. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash," 30 July 2018 Ice isn't the only attraction on these boats: keep an eye out for whales and wildlife, puffins and porpoises, too. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, "Getting your outdoor adventure fix in Southcentral Alaska," 2 May 2018 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 By day, take a hike with a cultural guide, visit ancient Haida village sites, and find spots to view orcas, bears, puffins, and humpbacks. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 23 May 2018 The puffins were laying eggs earlier in even-numbered years and later in odd years. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?," 15 June 2018 Instead, visitors come here to unwind amid nature by watching puffins and seals, admiring wildflowers, and taking in the white-sand beaches at Shell Beach. Condé Nast Traveler, "Car-Free Destinations for Your Next Island Vacation," 1 June 2018 But the area is best known for the colorful-beaked puffins. Julia Blakely, Smithsonian, "The True History of Luke Skywalker’s Monastic Retreat," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of puffin

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puffin

Middle English pophyn

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English Language Learners Definition of puffin

: a black-and-white seabird that lives in the north Atlantic and has a large, colorful bill


puf·​fin | \ˈpə-fən \

Kids Definition of puffin

: a black-and-white seabird that has a short thick neck and a large bill marked with several colors

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