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[king-fish-er] /ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər/

any of numerous fish- or insect-eating birds of the family Alcedinidae that have a large head and a long, stout bill and are usually crested and brilliantly colored.
any coraciiform bird of the family Alcedinidae, esp the Eurasian Alcedo atthis, which has a greenish-blue and orange plumage. Kingfishers have a large head, short tail, and long sharp bill and tend to live near open water and feed on fish

mid-15c., originally king’s fisher, for obscure reasons; see king + fisher.


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