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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Here, the northern fur seals number more than half a million strong, and avian species include horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and crested auklets. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 One of those places is Oregon’s Cannon Beach, where a puffin stands outside a nesting burrow near the top of Haystack Rock. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Puffins are a dwindling treasure in Cannon Beach, plus Costco fans try to #SaveThePolishDog | Thursday Morning Brief, July 12," 12 July 2018 Photographers flock to the island for pictures of the puffins, who nest there each year. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Photographers on Skomer Island are crushing puffins to death while trying to take pictures, wardens say," 31 July 2018 Consider the evening excursion to Thulla Islet, home to colonies of puffins and seals. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "How to Earn Your Guinness in Dublin," 2 Aug. 2018 Officials recorded deaths of forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean," 11 Aug. 2018 Photographers on Skomer Island are crushing puffins to death while trying to take pictures, wardens say. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Mystery deepens in search for Iowa college student; Facebook fuels new election meddling fears," 1 Aug. 2018 Wardens are still encouraging people to visit the island, but want to keep the puffin population up. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Photographers on Skomer Island are crushing puffins to death while trying to take pictures, wardens say," 31 July 2018 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

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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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puffin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of puffin

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

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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