: 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

Word History


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

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“Phoeniculus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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