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See also: alle and allé


Alle alle (sole species)


From New Latin alca alle, probably so named from confusion with the long-tailed duck.[1] Compare Swedish alfågel (long-tailed duck), dialectal allegubbe (male long-tailed duck),[2] Icelandic hávella (long-tailed duck), Faroese ógvella (long-tailed duck), formations representing Proto-Germanic *allijǭ (long-tailed duck).[3] Related are Swedish alke (auk), and Finnish alli (long-tailed duck).

Proper noun[edit]

Alle f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Alcidae – the single species Alle alle (little auk or dovekie).

Derived terms[edit]


  • Gill, F. and Wright, M. (2006) Birds of the World: Recommended English Names, Princeton University Press, →ISBN
  1. ^ The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names, James A. Joblin, 2010
  2. ^ "ALLE-GUBBE", Johan Ernst Rietz, Svenskt Dialekt-Lexikon: Ordbok Öfver Svenska Allmogespråket, B.A. Cronholm, 1867, page 7
  3. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN

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