puffin

noun
puf·​fin | \ ˈpə-fən How to pronounce puffin (audio) \

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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Examples of puffin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Petit Manan, a national wildlife refuge in Penobscot Bay, scientists last year estimated that just 10 percent of chicks from the island’s estimated 87 puffin pairs survived long enough to take flight. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 Reykjavik is the world’s only capital city with a major puffin breeding colony. David Nikel, Forbes, 1 May 2022 This versatile pleated puffin bag includes a convertible strap to allow it to be worn as a handbag, shoulder bag, or cross-body. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 Boat excursions to Staffa, a nearby island, offer the geological marvel Fingal’s Cave and puffin sightings. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 This versatile pleated puffin bag includes a convertible strap to allow it to be worn as a handbag, shoulder bag, or cross-body. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 This versatile pleated puffin bag includes a convertible strap to allow it to be worn as a handbag, shoulder bag, or cross-body. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 This versatile pleated puffin bag includes a convertible strap to allow it to be worn as a handbag, shoulder bag, or cross-body. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 Foula is home to some of Britain’s highest cliffs, a large puffin colony, no shops and around 30 people. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Puffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffin. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for puffin

puffin

noun
puf·​fin | \ ˈpə-fən How to pronounce puffin (audio) \

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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