plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aegithinidae was in 1879

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“Aegithinidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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