Definition of razorbill in English:



  • A black-and-white auk (seabird) with a deep bill that is said to resemble a cut-throat razor, found in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea.

    Alca torda, family Alcidae

    • ‘Along thousands of miles of coastline, you will see colonies of seabirds clustered in cliffs - gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes.’
    • ‘Other important breeding colonies of seabirds - such as shag, razorbill and fulmar - are also in freefall.’
    • ‘Bempton is the largest seabird colony in England and is home to a breathtaking array of gannets, razorbills, and puffins.’
    • ‘It was the noise of thousands of baby cormorants, razorbills, gannets and guillemots, demanding food from their nests on the cliffs.’
    • ‘Coincidentally, razorbills, previously absent from northern Hudson Bay, were showing signs of colonizing Coats Island.’
    • ‘The great auk was no biological relation to the Antarctic birds: it was a cousin of the razorbill and the guillemot, which had evolved quite separately.’