Definition of auk in English:

auk

noun

  • A short-winged diving seabird found in northern oceans, typically with a black head and black and white underparts.

    • ‘The long Norwegian coast is home to millions of seabirds, including a large number of auks and kittiwakes, which are found in the northern half of the country.’
    • ‘The auks ' ecological niche was similar to the penguins ’, but not the same.’
    • ‘The great auks, Purcell reports, were ‘hunted for their feathers… and to loosen their plumage the birds were boiled in large cauldrons over fires fed by oil from auks killed before them.’’
    • ‘Among auk species, female-male differences in parental care are less well known.’
    • ‘Perhaps the only exceptions are auks, penguins and other birds which ‘fly’ under water.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Old Norse álka razorbill.

Pronunciation:

auk

/ɔːk/