puffin

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A puffin

Origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from Middle Cornish (compare Breton poc'han (puffin)).

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puffin (plural puffins)

  1. (now obsolete) The young of the Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), especially eaten as food. [14th–19th c.]
  2. The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).
  3. Any of the other various small seabirds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda that are black and white with a brightly-colored beak. [from 17th c.]
    • 1894, Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book, The White Seal:
      Naturally the Chickies and the Gooverooskies and the Epatkas–the Burgomaster Gulls and the Kittiwakes and the Puffins, who are always looking for a chance to be rude, took up the cry, and–so Limmershin told me–for nearly five minutes you could not have heard a gun fired on Walrus Islet.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English puffin.

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puffin m (plural puffins)

  1. shearwater

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