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Kingfisher definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

KING'FISHER, n. A fowl of the genus Alcedo.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp bill; usually crested and bright-colored; feed mostly on fish

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 15th century any of numerous nonpasserine birds (family Alcedinidae) that are usually crested and bright-colored with a short tail and a long stout sharp bill

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any bird of the family Alcedinidae esp. Alcedo atthis with a long sharp beak and brightly coloured plumage, which dives for fish in rivers etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Kingfisher King"fish`er, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of birds constituting the family Alcedinid[ae]. Most of them feed upon fishes which they capture by diving and seizing then 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. Note: The belted king-fisher of the United States (Ceryle alcyon) feeds upon fishes. It is slate-blue above, with a white belly and breast, and a broad white ring around the neck. A dark band crosses the breast. The common European species (Alcedo ispida), which is much smaller and brighter colored, is also a fisher. See Alcedo. The wood kingfishers (Halcyones), which inhabit forests, especially in Africa, feed largely upon insects, but also eat reptiles, snails, and small Crustacea, as well as fishes. The giant kingfisher of Australia feeds largely upon lizards and insects. See Laughing jackass, under Laughing.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(kingfishers) A kingfisher is a brightly-coloured bird which lives near rivers and lakes and catches fish. N-COUNT

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