puffin

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noun puf·fin \ˈpə-fən\

Definition of puffin

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of puffin

Middle English pophyn


First Known Use: 14th century


PUFFIN Defined for English Language Learners

puffin

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noun puf·fin \ˈpə-fən\

Definition of puffin for English Language Learners

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


PUFFIN Defined for Kids

puffin

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noun puf·fin \ˈpə-fən\

Definition of puffin for Students

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



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