plural noun
Al·​ci·​dae | \ ˈal-sə-ˌdē \

Definition of Alcidae

: a family of diving birds (order Charadriiformes) having short wings and tail, webbed feet, a large head and heavy body, and thick compact plumage, being confined to the northern parts of the northern hemisphere, and including the auks, puffins, guillemots, murres, and related forms

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First Known Use of Alcidae

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alcidae

New Latin, from Alca, type genus + -idae

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“Alcidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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