dovekie

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dovekie small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dovekie (Zoöl) A guillemot (Uria grylle), of the arctic regions. Also applied to the little auk or sea dove. See under Dove.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dovekie The sea-dove or little auk, Mergulus alle or Alle nigricans, a small urinatorial or diving bird of the family Alcidæ. It is abundant in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans, congregating to breed in some places in countless numbers. It is about 8½ inches long, web-footed, three-toed, with short wings and tail and short stout bill, the body glossy blue-black above, with white scapular stripes, ends of secondaries white, and the under parts mostly white. See Alle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dovekie duv′ki the little auk, a diving bird of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
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Usage

In literature:

One distressed dovekie was picked up, but failed to survive.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Dovekies were now also numerous, and a gull or two, of the silvery species, had been seen.
"Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Sir William Edward Parry
The dovekies and marrocks, of course, all flew away; but we were too proud to do that.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
The dovekies and marrocks, of course, all flew away; but we were too proud to do that.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
The only birds which remain are dovekies, but they are scarce, and, being white, are very rarely visible.
"In the Arctic Seas" by Francis Leopold McClintock
The dovekies, more cheerful visitors, scud past toward the land.
"North-Pole Voyages" by Zachariah Atwell Mudge
When almost in despair there came seal after seal, and scores of arctic dovekies, or little auks in winter plumage.
"True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World" by Adolphus W. Greely
Some dovekies' eggs were found with the birds formed in them.
"Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847" by John Rae
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In news:

My Hallberg Rassy 352, Dovekie, on a glorious reach from Seattle back home to Bainbridge Island.
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