Definition of Great auk

1. Noun. Large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct.

Exact synonyms: Pinguinus Impennis
Generic synonyms: Auk
Group relationships: Genus Pinguinus, Pinguinus

Definition of Great auk

1. Noun. A large auk, ''Pinguinus impennis''. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Great Auk

great-toe reflex
great Scott
great Solomon's-seal
great St John's wort
great alveolar cells
great anastomotic artery
great anteater
great antshrike
great antshrikes
great ape
great apes
great auk (current term)
great aunt
great auricular nerve
great barracuda
great bellied
great big
great black-backed gull
great black-backed gulls
great blue heron
great blue shark
great bowerbird
great burdock
great bustard
great cardiac vein
great care

Literary usage of Great auk

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1899)
"In the Transactions of the Edinburgh Field Naturalists and Microscopical Society, Mr. Symington Grieve brings the history of the great auk down to the end ..."

2. The Birds of America by John James] [Audubon (1844)
"... with long irregular lines and blotches of brownish-black, more numerous at the larger end. great auk, Alca impennis, Nutt. Man., vol. ii. p. 553. ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1888)
"The great auk's e<rg, of which a natural-size representation Is given in the accompanying fico was recently sold at auction in England for £225 ; this ¡8 ..."

4. The Birds of Jamaica: Being a History of the Bird, Its Structure, and Habits by Philip Henry Gosse, Alfred Edmund Brehm, Richard Hill (1874)
"The great auk possesses but few relatives amongst the northern rock-fowl, though it is represented in the Antarctic Ocean by the Penguin. ..."

5. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society by Bombay Natural History Society (1889)
"It is a brief sketch of the history of the great auk and its extermination, ... We then come to the record of the whereabouts of the great auk remains. ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... in the great auk, the humérus becomes flattened from side to side, the proximal end is singularly modified, and at the narrow distal end the articular ..."

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