plural noun
Ba·​lae·​ni·​cip·​i·​tes | \ bəˌlēnəˈsipəˌtēz \

Definition of Balaenicipites

: a suborder of Ciconiiformes constituted by the shoebill

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First Known Use of Balaenicipites

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Balaenicipites

New Latin, from Balaenicip-, Balaeniceps, genus of Ciconiiformes (from Latin balaena whale + New Latin -cip-, -ceps, from Latin caput head) + -ites -ite

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The first known use of Balaenicipites was circa 1934

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“Balaenicipites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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