Definition of dovekie in English:

dovekie

noun

North American
  • another term for little auk
    • ‘Many of the bird species live on the water all year, only coming onto land to breed, such as the northern fulmar, greater shearwater, dovekie, common murre, and thickbilled murre.’
    • ‘The current study identified a close relationship between the great auk and the dovekie.’
    • ‘One would imagine this place to be a paradise of alcids of all types, guillemots, dovekies, puffins, razorbills, murres, and murrelets all splashing around in their black and white finery.’
    • ‘A patchy distribution of crustaceans (including T. libellula) in the NOW was indicated in a study of the diet of dovekies.’

Origin

Early 19th century (originally denoting the black guillemot, Cepphus grylle, also formerly called the Greenland dove): from a Scots diminutive of dove.

Pronunciation

dovekie

/ˈdʌvki/