ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday-ish word: dovekie

dovekie or dovekey (dŭv′kē), noun

A small, stout black-and-white seabird with a short bill, living in the Arctic and northern Atlantic Oceans.
Alle alle, the only member of the genus Alle. Also called 'little auk'.

Etymology: diminutive of 'dove'.

The Audobon site says the total population is "undoubtedly in millions".

'Kiviak' is an Inuit dish made by fermenting dovekies in a seal skin; this site has a little more about it. I first heard of kiviak (or kiviar) in the book Ferment & Human Nutrition: "the heat of the birds causes a ferment...and the whole lot is buried below the permafrost...for later partying in winter". Personally, I have no interest in trying that recipe (and not just because it's hard to eat adorable things), but the book is fascinating.

The picture is from the excellent allaboutbirds site.

Tags: d, noun, scottish, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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