Definition of little auk in English:

little auk


  • A small, stubby short-billed auk (seabird) with black plumage and white underparts, breeding in the Arctic.

    • ‘‘We children cried and cried for those little auks,’ the singer added, ‘because we were afraid we would not get any to eat.’’
    • ‘The death knell could also be sounded for other species dependent on the ice, such as the ringed seal, bearded seal and little auk.’
    • ‘I thought again of little auks and the children who cried for them.’