plural noun

: a family (type genus Acanthisitta) of passerine New Zealand birds including the rock wren, rifleman bird, and certain related birds

Word History


New Latin, from Acanthisitta, type genus (from Greek akanthis goldfinch, linnet + sitta nuthatch) + -idae

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acanthisittidae was in 1907

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“Acanthisittidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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