ra·​zor·​bill ˈrā-zər-ˌbil How to pronounce razorbill (audio)
: 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 Martha’s Vineyard: A bald eagle at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, an out of season razorbill and a common raven in Aquinnah, and an Acadian flycatcher and a Northern parula at the Waskosim’s Rock Reservation. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2023 Race Point in Provincetown hosted hundreds of shearwaters including 2,000 great shearwaters, 800 Cory’s shearwaters, and 30 manx shearwaters, as well as a Pacific loon, a razorbill, a black tern, and an Arctic tern among large numbers of common and roseate terns. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a razorbill, a Baird’s sandpiper, a Western sandpiper, 2 parasitic jaegers, a black tern, 300 roseate terns, 1,500 common terns, 750 common shearwaters, 2,250 great shearwaters, and smaller numbers of sooty and Manx shearwaters. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2022 Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included 3 Pacific loons, 15 common murres, 450 razorbills, 35 black-legged kittiwakes, 60 Iceland gulls, a glaucous gull, and 2 common redpolls. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2023 Their close relatives include the guillemot and the razorbill. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 27 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of razorbill was in 1671

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“Razorbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razorbill. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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