Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of kingfishers, of the family Alcedinidæ and subfamily Alcedininæ, giving name to these.
- n. A. ispida is the common species of Europe. See Alcedinidæ and kingfisher.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of perching birds, including the European kingfisher (Alcedo ispida). See halcyon.
- n. type genus of the Alcedinidae
“Among the birds seen in this country, were the white-headed eagle; the shag; and the alcedo, or great king-fisher, the colours of which were very fine and bright.”
“Our results were two species of kingfishers (_alcedo_), the third and larger kind not showing; a true curlew (_Numenius arquata_), charming little black swallows (_Wardenia nigrita_), the common English swallow;”
“He returned after a short ramble with a variety of game, among which were a crow, a kite, and a laughing jackass (alcedo gigantea,) a species of king's-fisher, a singular bird, found in every part of Australia.”
“The kingfisher (alcedo) is named burong buaya, or the alligator-bird.”
“Among the birds seen in this country, were the white-headed eagle; the shag; and the _alcedo_, or great king-fisher, the colours of which were very fine and bright.”
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