from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several diving sea birds (family Alcidae) of northern regions, such as the razor-billed auk, having a chunky body, short wings, and webbed feet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several species of Arctic sea birds of the family Alcidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name given to various species of arctic sea birds of the family Alcidæ. The great auk, now extinct, is Alca impennis (or Plautus impennis) . The razor-billed auk is Alca torda. See puffin, guillemot, and murre.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A diving bird belonging to the family Alcidæ and the order Pygopodes, characterized by having 3 toes, webbed feet, and short wings and tail.
- Same as awk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
Norwegian alk, from Old Norse ālka.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Icelandic álka, from Old Norse álka ("auk"), from Proto-Germanic *allakōn, *allōn (“sea-bird”), from Proto-Indo-European *el- (a kind of bird). Cognate with Swedish alka ("auk"), Danish alke ("auk"), Swedish dialectal alla (fuligula glacialis, "long-tailed duck"), Latin olor ("swan"), Ancient Greek ελέα (eléa, "marsh-bird"), Welsh alarch ("swan"). (Wiktionary)