razorbill

noun
ra·​zor·​bill | \ ˈrā-zər-ˌbil How to pronounce razorbill (audio) \

Definition of razorbill

: a North Atlantic auk (Alca torda) with the plumage black above and white below and a compressed sharp-edged bill

called also razor-billed auk

Examples of razorbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other birds noted around Chatham included a glossy Ibis and a little blue heron at Forest Beach, a razorbill at Morris Island, and a lark sparrow at Tom’s Neck conservation area. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Also spotted were a razorbill near Morris Island in Chatham, a little blue heron, and a glossy ibis at Forest Beach in Chatham. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Other notable species included a brown booby observed from a whale watching boat several miles north of Provincetown, and a royal tern, a razorbill, and a common murre off Race Point Beach in Provincetown. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Mass Audubon Society: ► Boston: There was a razorbill at Fort Point Channel near the Children’s Museum and three on Deer Island. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2020 Despite its appearance, the great auk is actually a relative of razorbills and puffins, not of penguins. The Conversation/jessica Emma Thomas, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2019 Those visitors who do come are likely to spot an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, seals, sheep herds numbering in the hundreds, razorbills, flocks of geese and more. Shivani Vora, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2019 Those visitors who do come are likely to spot an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, seals, sheep herds numbering in the hundreds, razorbills, flocks of geese and more. Shivani Vora, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2019 Those visitors who do come are likely to spot an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, whales, seals, sheep herds numbering in the hundreds, razorbills, flocks of geese and more. Shivani Vora, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of razorbill

1671, in the meaning defined above

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“Razorbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razorbill. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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