plural noun

: a family (coextensive with the suborder Anhimae of the order Anseriformes) of large stout-billed birds having spurred wings and more or less webbed feet and comprising the screamers of South America

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Anhima anhima + -idae -idae

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anhimidae was in 1893

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“Anhimidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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