plural noun Al·ce·din·i·dae \ˌal-sə-ˈdi-nə-ˌdē\

Definition of Alcedinidae

  1. :  a large family of large-headed short-bodied birds comprising the kingfishers and constituting a suborder (Alcedines) of the order Coraciiformes

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Origin and Etymology of alcedinidae

New Latin, from Alcedin-, Alcedo, type genus + -idae

First Known Use: 1841

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