from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology: A subfamily of Cuculidæ, including the typical cuckoos, such as the Cuculus canorus at Europe. See cut under cuckoos. In Nitzsch's system of classification, a major and miscellaneous group of picarian or cuculiform birds of no fixed limits, including, besides cuckoos, the trogons, goatsuckers, and sundry others.
  • In entomology, a well-marked group of naked, sometimes wasp-like, parasitic bees, having no polliniferous brushes or plates; the cuckoo-bees. See cuckoo-bee.


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