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
(Plush animals, among which the puffin is the cutest, come with a $50 donation and up.)
That's why the cost of adopting a cute little puffin is the same as adopting larger, perhaps less cute, animals.
At its most bad ass, “Puffin” brings cheesepuffs to mind yes, I know a puffin is a bird.
Given the frequent Arctic references it the article should be referred to as a puffin piece.
Once I smelled new-mown hay when we were quite a long way from land, and once when I was watching the sea-parrots as the sailors call the puffin I noticed they had different ways of tucking their heads under their wings, or I fancied it, and said to the captain, ‘They have different characters’.
The Norwegian Lundehund is also called the puffin dog.
These amazing images capture the moment a puffin was the victim of a mid-air mugging by a greedy gull.
The puffin is the official bird of Newfoundland, where my girlfriend comes from, so you can imagine her disgust when they pulled the heads off the puffins ripped the breast and insides out then ate the heart raw.
Although "puffin" is not a terribly badass name, that jetsuit does kind of resemble the tenacious little flying footballs.
The chapter headings are all titles mostly books, some songs with "puffin" subsituted in them, such as "Zen and the Art of Puffin Maintenance" which is a fun added touch.