from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A family of short-winged, short-tailed, 4-toed swimming and diving birds, of the order Pygopodes, either containing all the loons and grebes; or
  • restricted to the web-footed loons, and corresponding to the genus Colymbus; or
  • transferred to the lobefooted grebes, and used as a synonym of Podicipidæ or Podicipedidæ (which see).


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