: the type genus of Alcedinidae comprising Old World kingfishers including the small brightly colored European kingfisher

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, kingfisher

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alcedo was in 1585

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“Alcedo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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