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- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈpʌflɪŋ/
Audio (RP) (file)
- Hyphenation: puff‧ling
puffling (plural pufflings)
- A young puffin.
- 1962, Robert Porter Allen, The Giant Golden Book of Birds: An Introduction to Familiar and Interesting Birds of the World, New York, N.Y.: Golden Press, OCLC 469112, page 54, column 2:
- These fish are brought to the fluffy little Puffins in their snug nests inside of a burrow or under a slab of rock. The babies are called “Pufflings.”
- 2006 May 7, “Escape’s picks of the week: The wildlife holiday”, in The Observer, London, ISSN 0029-7712, OCLC 50230244, archived from the original on 22 September 2014:
- Visit Iceland this August and you could help to rescue pufflings – baby puffins – who get confused by town street lights and crash into towns when leaving their burrows to fly over the Atlantic for the first time.
- 2012, Arin Murphy-Hiscock, “Puffin”, in Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide: Explore the Symbology & Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers, Avon, Mass.: Adams Media, →ISBN, page 155:
- Both parents feed the infant puffling until it is very fat, then leave the chick, who must make its own way to the sea.