Puffin meaning

pŭfĭn
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Any of several seabirds of the genus Fratercula of northern regions, characteristically having black-and-white plumage and a vertically flattened, triangular bill that is brightly colored during breeding season.
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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.
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Any of various small seabirds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda that are black and white with a brightly coloured beak. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of puffin

  • Middle English poffoun, puffon perhaps from puf puff puff

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

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

    From Wiktionary