Definition of alcyon
: 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: 1862See Words from the same year
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