Definition of little auk in English:

little auk

Pronunciation /ˈlidl ˌôk/ /ˈlɪdl ˌɔk/

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noun

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

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