American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several auks of the genus Cepphus, having black plumage with white markings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Uria of Brisson, or of either of the genera Uria and Lomvia of late authors; a murre. There are several species, of the subfamily Uriinœ and family Alcidœ. The common or foolish guillemot or willock, Lomvia troile, is a bird about 18 inches long, web-footed, 3-toed, blackish above and white below, with short wings and tail, closely resembling the razor-billed auk, Alca torda, except in the form of the bill, which is comparatively long, slender, and acute. It inhabits rocky coasts of the North Atlantic, and congregates in vast numbers to breed, laying a single large pyriform egg on the edges of rocks overhanging the sea. A variety of this species with a white ring round the eye, and a white line behind it, is known as the ringed or spectacled guillemot, and sometimes described as a different species, L. rhingvia. Both have many local names, as willy, spratter, quet, scout, skuttock, skiddaw, kiddaw, tarrock, tinker, lungie or longie, murre, marrot or morrot, lamy or lavy, strany, etc., some of these being shared by the razor-billed auk. (See cut under
murre.) The thick-billed or Brünnich's guillemot is Lomvia bruennick' closely resembling the foregoing, but with a stouter bill. Similar guillemots inhabiting the North Pacific are known as ares or arries. The birds of the restricted genus Uria are smaller and otherwise distinct; they are in summer blackish, with usually a white patch on the wing, and with red legs. Such are the black guillemot or sea-pigeon, U. grylle, of the North Atlantic, and sundry North Pacific representatives of the same, as U. columba and U. carbo.
- n. Any seabird belonging to the genera Uria and Cepphus of the auk family Alcidae. They have black and white bodies and are good at swimming and diving.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of several northern sea birds, allied to the auks. They have short legs, placed far back, and are expert divers and swimmers.
- n. small black or brown speckled auks of northern seas
- French, diminutive of the personal name Guillaume. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The guillemot is a diving bird found in the Northern seas, while the penguin may be looked upon as representing the divers of the Southern Ocean.”
“Birds such as the common murre and pigeon guillemot recovered slightly shortly after the Exxon Valdez spill, then saw their numbers plummet the next decade, she says.”
“There's a mild climb about half a mile back, guillemot ledge.”
“Common eiders, thick-billed murre, and black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) are the most commonly harvested seabird species in arctic Canada, and are utilized by indigenous people wherever they are available .”
“Pigeon guillemot (Cepphus columba) populations began to increase within three to four years following fox removal at Kiska Island and 20-fold increases occurred in guillemot numbers at Niski-Alaid Island within 15 years of fox removal .”
“The analysis showed that positive population trends occurred at guillemot colonies where SST changes were small, while negative trends occurred where large increases or large decreases in SST occurred.”
“These results demonstrate that most guillemot colonies perform best when temperatures are approximately stable, suggesting that each colony is adapted to local conditions .”
“From time to time I smiled at the Swedish guillemot and looked at the two-year-old girl she held in her arms.”
“She was pretty but far too guillemot-like for my taste, with a long neck and a beak nose, as thin as a rake.”
“Other numerous species include the yellowbilled diver Gavia adamsii, whooper swan Cygnus cygnus, lesser whitefronted goose Anser erythropus, slatybacked gull Larus Schistisagus, Kamchatka tern Sterna camtschatica, guillemot Uria aalge, thickbilled guillemot Uria lomvia, pigeon guillemot Cepphus columbs, ancient murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus, horned puffin Fratercula Corniculata and tufted puffin Lunda cirrhata.”
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