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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Recent Examples on the Web Top picks include a trip to the puffin colony on Skomer and a visit to the working Cistercian abbey on holy Caldey Island. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, "10 Amazing National Parks in the UK for Gorgeous Views, Wildlife, and Unforgettable Hikes," 14 Mar. 2021 Still, North Coast residents worry about a possible decline of puffin numbers locally. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Tufted puffins, beloved at Cannon Beach, will not be listed as threatened," 3 Dec. 2020 On the North Coast, the tufted puffin is instantly recognizable, a sort of mascot for Cannon Beach along with Haystack Rock. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Tufted puffins, beloved at Cannon Beach, will not be listed as threatened," 3 Dec. 2020 Find a handcrafted miniature manger scene from Sweden or a small lundi (puffin) from Iceland with a magnetic head. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Holiday gift ideas for the art lover in your life," 26 Nov. 2020 Burn off the calories with a walk around the Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve, which offers a stunning array of dramatic sandstone cliffs, sea caves, and birds, including the elusive puffin. Lilly Graves, Travel + Leisure, "5 Amazing Food Trails Around the World That Serve Local Eats and Stunning Scenery," 17 Oct. 2020 In 1977, a few days after the decoys were installed, the first puffin returned to the island. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "By learning to think like a puffin, this conservationist has saved seabirds around the world," 30 Sep. 2020 Getting the puffin chicks to the island was no easy task. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "By learning to think like a puffin, this conservationist has saved seabirds around the world," 30 Sep. 2020 Another puffin stands next to it with an empty bill and a forlorn expression. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: World’s funniest wildlife captured on film," 18 Sep. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffin. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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