guillemot

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guillemot small black or brown speckled auks of northern seas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guillemot (Zoöl) One of several northern sea birds, allied to the auks. They have short legs, placed far back, and are expert divers and swimmers.☞ The common guillemots, or murres, belong to the genus Uriaas U. troile); the black or foolish guillemot (Cepphus grylle, formerly Uria grylle), is called also sea pigeon and eligny. See Murre.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guillemot A bird of the genus Uria of Brisson, or of either of the genera Uria and Lomvia of late authors; a murre. There are several species, of the subfamily Uriinœ and family Alcidœ. The common or foolish guillemot or willock, Lomvia troile, is a bird about 18 inches long, web-footed, 3-toed, blackish above and white below, with short wings and tail, closely resembling the razor-billed auk, Alca torda, except in the form of the bill, which is comparatively long, slender, and acute. It inhabits rocky coasts of the North Atlantic, and congregates in vast numbers to breed, laying a single large pyriform egg on the edges of rocks overhanging the sea. A variety of this species with a white ring round the eye, and a white line behind it, is known as the ringed or spectacled guillemot, and sometimes described as a different species, L. rhingvia. Both have many local names, as willy, spratter, quet, scout, skuttock, skiddaw, kiddaw, tarrock, tinker, lungie or longie, murre, marrot or morrot, lamy or lavy, strany, etc., some of these being shared by the razor-billed auk. (See cut under murre.) The thick-billed or Brünnich's guillemot is Lomvia bruennick' closely resembling the foregoing, but with a stouter bill. Similar guillemots inhabiting the North Pacific are known as ares or arries. The birds of the restricted genus Uria are smaller and otherwise distinct; they are in summer blackish, with usually a white patch on the wing, and with red legs. Such are the black guillemot or sea-pigeon, U. grylle, of the North Atlantic, and sundry North Pacific representatives of the same, as U. columba and U. carbo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guillemot gil′e-mot a genus of diving birds of the Auk family, with long, straight, feathered bill and very short tail.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., prob. Celt.; Bret. gwelan, gull, and O. Fr. moette, a sea-mew, from Teut.

Usage

In literature:

Ducks and snipe, teal and guillemots were assembled in thousands.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
Claretie, Guillemot and Germain Casse, with whom I want to shake hands before I go.
"The Memoirs of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
Besides, they found a little shooting, and brought down ducks, and geese, and guillemots, or sea turtledoves.
"The Field of Ice" by Jules Verne
The guillemot makes no nest, merely laying a single egg on a ledge.
"Yorkshire Painted And Described" by Gordon Home
A memorial to one Antonio Guillemot should be noticed.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
There are some curlew about, and the guillemots are in thousands.
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
French, "Guillemot a capuchon," "Guillemot troile.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
Now take the case of the Guillemot.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
There myriads of gulls, kittiwakes, murres, guillemots, and such like creatures, made the ice alive with feathered forms.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
Stephen Guillemot sat over his uncomfortable breakfast-table in the rooms he shared with his friend, and cursed his luck.
"Man and Maid" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
This sudden finding of Bruennich's guillemots seems also curious, but it does no good.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
A crest is never developed at the proximal end, like that seen in the Guillemot and Diver and other water birds.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
GUILLEMOT, variety of the, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The cry of gulls and guillemots echoed from rock to rock.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
The skuas and guillemots stirred, and at long intervals screamed.
"The Divine Adventure Volume IV" by Fiona Macleod
In general habits, the Razor-bill closely resembles the Guillemot and Puffin.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Part of the guillemot's history is still little understood.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
John and party went off about six miles, and returned with half a dozen Guillemots, and ten or twelve dozen eggs.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
We had several pets too, Gulls, Cormorants, Guillemots, Puffins, Hawks, and a Raven.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
The guillemot breeds on several of the rocky islands, Gorregan and Mincarlo among the number.
"The Isles of Scilly" by Jessie Mothersole
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In news:

If you were to travel to the northern coastal regions, you might see the guillemot, a small sea bird that lives on the rocky arctic cliffs.
The caves harbor pelagic cormorants and pigeon guillemots where they roost comfortably in the damp alcoves.
), designed by Nick Shade of Guillemot Kayaks.
Joker's Peace ventures out to an abandoned beach house at Guillemot Cove in search of something breathtaking.
Mike Guillemot joins Sojourn Aviation from his most recent position at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation as the Hawker Regional Sales Manager, based in the Chicago area for 16 years.
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