Definition of Balaenicipites
: a suborder of Ciconiiformes constituted by the shoebill
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Origin and Etymology of balaenicipites
New Latin, from Balaenicip-, Balaeniceps, genus of Ciconiiformes (from Latin balaena whale + New Latin -cip-, -ceps, from Latin caput head) + -ites -ite
First Known Use: circa 1934See Words from the same year
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