razorbill

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n razorbill black-and-white northern Atlantic auk having a compressed sharp-edged bill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Razorbill (Zoöl) A species of auk (Alca torda) common in the Arctic seas. See Auk, and Illust. in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n razorbill The razor-billed auk, or tinker, Alca or Utamania torda, so called from the deep, compressed, and trenchant bill. The bill is feathered for about one half its length, in the rest of its extent being vertically furrowed, and hooked at the tip; one of the furrows is white, the bill being otherwise black, like the feet; the month is yellow. The plumage is black on the upper parts, the lower parts from the neck in summer, and from the bill in winter, being white; there is a narrow white line from the bill to the eye, and the tips of the secondaries are white. The bird is about 18 inches long, and 27 in extent of wings. It inhabits arctic and northerly regions of both hemispheres, subsists chiefly on fish, and nests on rocky sea-coasts, laying a single egg about 3 by 2 inches, white or whitish, spotted and blotched with different shades of brown. The flesh is eatable.
    • n razorbill The skimmer or cutwater, Rhynchops nigra. See skimmer and Rhynchops.
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Usage

In literature:

The Razorbill is included in Professor Ansted's list, but only marked as occurring in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
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In news:

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Chopsticks , Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral Razorbill, February 2012 Reviewed from Final Copy.
Julie Wilson, a bookseller at The Bookworm in Omaha, shares her enthusiasm for Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zach Stentz, which Razorbill will release in November.
This is the story that unwinds—and rewinds—in The Future of Us, due from Razorbill on November 21 with a 500,000-copy first printing.
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz Razorbill: 256 pp, $17.99.
Here's a first look at the cover art for Origin , a debut YA novel by 22-year-old Jessica Khoury, which Penguin's Razorbill imprint will release in September with an announced print run of 250,000 copies.
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