al·​cid ˈal-səd How to pronounce alcid (audio)
: any of a family (Alcidae, the alcid family) of web-footed diving birds with short legs and wings that includes the auks, murres, and puffins

Word History


New Latin Alcidae, from Alca type, genus, from Swedish alka auk, from Norwegian — more at auk

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alcid was in 1885

Dictionary Entries Near alcid

Cite this Entry

“Alcid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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