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

  • n. Any of several sea birds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda of northern regions, characteristically having black and white plumage and a vertically flattened, triangular bill that is brightly colored during breeding season.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An arctic sea bird Fratercula arctica) allied to the auks, and having a short, thick, swollen beak, whence the name; -- called also bottle nose, cockandy, coulterneb, marrot, mormon, pope, and sea parrot.
  • n. The puffball.
  • n. A sort of apple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sea-parrot, colter-neb, or bottle-nosed auk; a bird of the family Alcidæ and genus Fratercula or Lunda. See these words.
  • n. A kind of fungus; a fuzzball; a puffball.
  • n. of the
  • n. A name wrongly applied to the Manx shearwater, Puffinus anglorum.

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

  • n. any of two genera of northern seabirds having short necks and brightly colored compressed bills


Middle English poffoun, puffon, perhaps from puf, puff; see puff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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