plural noun

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alcedinidae was in 1841

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“Alcedinidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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