from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various birds of the family Alcedinidae, characteristically having a crested head, a long stout beak, a short tail, and brilliant coloration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various birds of the suborder Alcedines, having a large head, short tail and brilliant colouration; they feed mostly on fish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of birds constituting the family Alcedinidæ. Most of them feed upon fishes which they capture by diving and seizing them with the beak; others feed only upon reptiles, insects, etc. About one hundred and fifty species are known. They are found in nearly all parts of the world, but are particularly abundant in the East Indies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bird of the extensive family Alcedinidæ.
- n. Erroneously—2. The water-ouzel, Cinclus aquaticus, popularly imagined to be the female of the kingfisher Alcedo ispida. [Local, (Scotland and Ireland.]
- n. The tern or sea-swallow. Also king's-fisher.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp bill; usually crested and bright-colored; feed mostly on fish
king + fisher (Wiktionary)