plural noun
Ae·​gi·​thin·​i·​dae | \ ˌē-jə-ˈthi-nə-ˌdē \

Definition of Aegithinidae

: a family of brightly colored passerine birds of southern Asia that have stocky legs and curved bills and feed on fruits or insects — see irena

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First Known Use of Aegithinidae

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aegithinidae

borrowed from New Latin, from Aegithina, genus of birds comprising the ioras (from Greek aígithos, aíginthos “small passerine bird, titmouse” + New Latin -ina -ina entry 1) + -idae -idae

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“Aegithinidae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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