Definition of puffin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpʌfɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌfɪn//
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a black and white bird with a large, brightly coloured beak that lives near the sea, common in the N Atlantic See related entries: Birds Word OriginMiddle English (denoting the Manx shearwater): apparently from puff + -ing, with reference to the Manx shearwater's fat nestlings. The later use is a confusion, by association of nesting habits and habitat.
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