noun al·cy·on \ˈal-sē-ən\

Definition of alcyon



  1. :  a soft coral of Alcyonium or a related genus

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Origin and Etymology of alcyon

New Latin Alcyonium, genus of soft corals, from Greek alkyoneion, alkyonion, a zoophyte, from neuter of alkyoneios of a kingfisher, from alkyōn kingfisher; from its resemblance to a kingfisher's nest

First Known Use: 1862

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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