• WordNet 3.6
    • n puffin any of two genera of northern seabirds having short necks and brightly colored compressed bills
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the air, puffins are powerful flyers, beating their wings 300 to 400 times a minute to achieve speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
    • Puffin A sort of apple.
    • Puffin (Zoöl) An arctic sea bird Fratercula arctica) allied to the auks, and having a short, thick, swollen beak, whence the name; -- called also bottle nose cockandy coulterneb marrot mormon pope, and sea parrot.
    • Puffin (Bot) The puffball.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puffin A sea-parrot, colter-neb, or bottle-nosed auk; a bird of the family Alcidæ and genus Fratercula or Lunda. See these words. There are several species. The common puffin is F. aretica, which abounds on both coasts of the North Atlantic, nesting in holes in the ground. It is about 12 inches long, of a blackish color above, white below, with a black collar and gray face; the bill is very curious—bright-red, blue, and yellow, extremely high, narrow, and furrowed; the feet are small, placed far back, red; the eyelids are carunculate; the wings and tail are short. The bird flies swiftly and dives well. The whole horny covering of the beak and the caruncles of the eyelids are regularly molted. F. glacialis and F. corniculata are closely related; the latter has the fleshy process of the eyelid elongated into a horn. Lunda cirrata is the tufted puffin, quite different, inhabiting the North Pacific, with a long tuft of yellow plumes on each side of the head, the coloration mostly blackish, with white face, and the beak peculiar in shape.
    • n puffin A kind of fungus; a fuzzball; a puffball.
    • n puffin of the
    • n puffin A name wrongly applied to the Manx shearwater, Puffinus anglorum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Puffin puf′in a water-fowl having a short, thick, projecting beak like that of a parrot: a puff-ball.
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In literature:

He's a regular puffin'-pig for blowin'.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Thus prepared the puffin was declared excellent, and Simpson acknowledged it the first.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne
The Puffin probably the Astronomer Royal, but some uncertainty prevails on this point.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
I do not know any puffin-fells on Spitzbergen.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Atter w'ile, yer come Brer Fox back des a-puffin' en a-pantin'.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
The most curious were those of the guillemot, which, though little larger than the puffin, have eggs as large as those of geese.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Gulls and puffins wheeled and screamed over the rocks.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
See the lil Puffin on his throne of turf there?
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
You can see here the puffin bringing up a minnow in his beak for supper.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The Scotch name for the puffin.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In news:

Tufted puffins find safe refuge on Protection Island.
Dieter Schubert, Author Puffin Books $3.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8037-1071-9.
Tufted puffins brought to Oregon Coast Aquarium after mink attack.
A wild mink entered the seabird exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and killed seven tufted puffins.
Wild mink kills 7 puffins at Tacoma zoo.
Puffins shipped to Newport aquarium after mink attack kills 7.
(AP) — A wild mink entered the seabird exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and killed seven tufted puffins.
Bestselling British children's author Michelle Paver has signed a world rights five-book deal with Penguin UK's Puffin imprint for a new series called Gods & Warriors.
Read about puffins and other birds on Alaska's Pribilof Islands.
"When the light is soft and night never truly falls," a baby puffin hatches into a world that is simultaneously safe and scary.
AECI Australia is operator of the Puffin-5 well on AC/P22 Block with a 60% working interest.
Drinkin', puffin', tokin ' and jokin'.
The tufted puffins exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will likely be closed for months while the exhibit is renovated to ensure predators can't invade the birds' area.
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