king·​fish·​er | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌfi-shər How to pronounce kingfisher (audio) \

Definition of kingfisher

: any of numerous nonpasserine birds (family Alcedinidae) that are usually crested and bright-colored with a short tail and a long stout sharp bill

Examples of kingfisher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Koan is a laughing kookaburra, native to eastern Australia and the largest type of kingfisher. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2021 Other details — running water, a smudged kingfisher — appear only to evanesce. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 Sparrows, bluebirds and a fly-by kingfisher get their portions, as do a pair of chipmunks at warp speed. Allan Ripp, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2020 The authors said some student organizations, such as the badminton and geology clubs, have already started to incorporate the kingfisher into their logos. John Keilman,, 21 Sep. 2020 White cockatoos sailed among the branches, kingfishers flitted along the shore, and an osprey turned on high currents. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2020 Sibley’s kingfisher, perched in a posture of expectation on a branch, reminded me of a child waiting for a school bus. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 May 2020 Soon his prize appeared: a fledgling South Philippine dwarf kingfisher, about three weeks old. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2020 Sky is nothing and everything: a blank that holds solar systems, locust swarms, heaven’s gates, kingfishers, and cosmos. Gretel Ehrlich, The Atlantic, 2 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of kingfisher

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Kingfisher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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king·​fish·​er | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌfi-shər How to pronounce kingfisher (audio) \

Kids Definition of kingfisher

: a crested bird with a short tail, long sharp bill, and bright feathers

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