• WordNet 3.6
    • n Fratercula puffins
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fratercula A genus of marine diving-birds of the family Alcidœ; the puffins or masked auks. They have three-toed webbed feet, very short wings and tail, the bill exceedingly compressed and vertically ridged, with its gayly colored horny covering deciduous, a rosette at the angle of the mouth, and fleshy appendages of the eyelids. The common puffin is F. arctica; the horned puffin, F. corniculata. The tufted puffin, F. cirrata, is sometimes placed in this genus, but now oftener called Lunda cirrata. The genus gives name with some to a subfamily Fraterculinœ. See puffin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fratercula a genus of marine diving-birds, the puffins or masked auks
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. fraternalisfrater, a brother, Eng. brother, Gr. phratēr, a clansman, Sans. bhrāta.


In news:

The tiny island off the Maine coast is well known for its summer population of the puffins (Fratercula arctica).
The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is the only puffin that can be seen on the East Coast.