from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ornithology, pertaining to or resembling the auk family.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
He reminded Lilly of a great auk, something alcidine in the thin cheeks with the mouth cutting so widely toward the ears.
The sources are the OED (O), its supplements (Os) and the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary (W). columbine dove c1386 - alcine auk W 1835 OW alcidine auk, puffin, corvine crow 1656 - etc.