alcid

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noun al·cid \ˈal-səd\

Definition of alcid

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of alcid

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


First Known Use: 1885


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