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 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, "Bird sightings," 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, "DNA points to humans as killers of the northern version of the penguin," 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, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 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, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 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, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 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, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 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, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 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, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 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 19 Jan. 2021.

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