noun Phoe·nic·u·lus \fēˈnikyələs\

Definition of Phoeniculus

  1. :  an African genus (coextensive with the family Phoeniculidae of the suborder Coracii) comprising the wood hoopoes and having a long decurved bill, a long wedge-shaped tail, and no crest

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Origin and Etymology of phoeniculus

New Latin, from phoenic-, phoenix (from Latin phoenix) + -ulus

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