• IPA: /ˈpʌfɪn/

puffin (plural puffins)

  1. (now, obsolete) The young#Noun|young of the Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), especially eaten as food. [14th–19th c.]
  2. The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) or (by extension) any of the other various small seabirds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda that are black and white with a brightly-coloured#Adjective|coloured beak. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: pope, sea-parrot
    • 1894 May, Rudyard Kipling, “The White Seal”, in The Jungle Book, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., published June 1894, OCLC 752934375 ↗, page 110 ↗:
      Naturally the Chickies and the Gooverooskies and the Epatkas—the Burgomaster Gulls and the Kittiwakes and the Puffins, who are always looking for a chance to be rude—took up the cry, and—so Limmershin told me—for nearly five minutes you could not have heard a gun fired on Walrus Islet.
  3. (entomology) Any of various African#Adjective|African and Asian#Adjective|Asian pierid butterflies of the genus Appias. Some species of this genus are also known as albatrosses.
  4. (obsolete) A puffball.
Related terms Translations
  • French: macareux
  • German: Lund, Lundevogel (genera Fratercula), Papageitaucher, Papageientaucher (F. arctica), Hundlund (F. corniculata), Gelbschopflund (F. cirrhata), Nashornalk (Cerorhinca monocerata)
  • Italian: pulcinella di mare
  • Portuguese: papagaio-do-mar
  • Russian: ту́пик
  • Spanish: frailecillo

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