Puffin Definition

pŭfĭn
puffins
noun
Any of various northern alcidine shorebirds (esp. genus Fratercula) black above and white below, with a short neck, ducklike body, and a large, brightly colored, triangular beak.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Puffin

Noun

Singular:
puffin
Plural:
puffins

Origin of Puffin

  • Origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from Middle Cornish (compare Breton poc'han (“puffin")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English poffoun, puffon perhaps from puf puff puff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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