from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology: In Nitzsch's classification (1829), a superfamily of birds, equivalent to the Dendrocolaptæ of Merrem.
  • n. A subfamily of Picidæ , made by elimination of the Picumninæ and Iynginæ: same as Picidæ .
  • n. A subfamily of Picidæ , containing the most typical woodpeckers, which have the bill perfectly straight, ridged and beveled on the sides, and truncate at the end, and the tongue usually extensile.


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