al·​cy·​on | \ ˈal-sē-ən \
plural -s

Definition of alcyon

: a soft coral of Alcyonium or a related genus

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First Known Use of alcyon

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Alcyon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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