Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A razor-billed auk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large black and white auk, Alca torda, native to the north Atlantic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of auk (Alca torda) common in the Arctic seas. See auk, and Illust. in Appendix.
  • n. See cutwater, 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The razor-billed auk, or tinker, Alca or Utamania torda, so called from the deep, compressed, and trenchant bill.
  • n. The skimmer or cutwater, Rhynchops nigra. See skimmer and Rhynchops.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. black-and-white northern Atlantic auk having a compressed sharp-edged bill

Etymologies

From razor +‎ bill (Wiktionary)

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  • "In the Hebrides this bird is called falk or faik."
    --Neill's (P.) Tour through some of the islands of Orkney and Shetland. Edinburgh, 1806, p. 197. Cited in Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 17, 2011