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1. (Science: zoology) An arctic sea bird Fratercula arctica) allied to the auks, and having a short, thick, swollen beak, whence the name; called also bottle nose, cockandy, coulterneb, marrot, mormon, pope, and sea parrot.

The name is also applied to other related species, as the horned puffin (F. Corniculata), the tufted puffin (Lunda cirrhata), and the razorbill. Manx puffin, the Manx shearwater.

See: manx.

2. (Science: botany) The puffball.

3. A sort of apple.

Origin: Akin to puff.