American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small black-and-white sea bird (Alle alle) of the Arctic and northern Atlantic oceans, having a short bill and a stout body. Also called little auk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sea-dove or little auk, Mergulus alle or Alle nigricans, a small urinatorial or diving bird of the family Alcidæ. It is abundant in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans, congregating to breed in some places in countless numbers. It is about 8½ inches long, web-footed, three-toed, with short wings and tail and short stout bill, the body glossy blue-black above, with white scapular stripes, ends of secondaries white, and the under parts mostly white. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A guillemot (Uria grylle), of the arctic regions. Also applied to the little auk or sea dove. See under dove.
- n. small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions
- Diminutive of dove1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), dovekie (little auk), razorbills (Alca torda), and black guillemots are legally hunted in Labrador.”
“One distressed dovekie was picked up, but failed to survive.”
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