Dendrocolaptidae

plural noun

Den·​dro·​co·​lap·​ti·​dae
: a large family of tropical American birds (suborder Tyranni) that are closely related to the ovenbirds, are of climbing habit, and creep over trees from which they dig out insects see woodhewer
dendrocolaptine
¦⸗(ˌ)⸗kə¦lapˌtīn
-tə̇n
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Dendrocolaptes, type genus (from dendr- + -colaptes from Greek kolaptein to peck) + New Latin -idae

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“Dendrocolaptidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dendrocolaptidae. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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