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  1. Also al·ci·dine [al-si-dahyn] /ˈæl sɪˌdaɪn/. of, pertaining, or belonging to the family Alcidae, comprising the auks, murres, puffins, etc.
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  1. a bird of the family Alcidae.
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Origin of alcid

< New Latin Alcidae name of the family, equivalent to Alc(a) an auk genus (< Scandinavian; see auk) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples of alcid

  • Alcid: Auks, Puffins, etc.—These birds are found off the coast during migration, but breed on the rocky shores of both coasts.

    Manual of Taxidermy

    Charles Johnson Maynard

  • Uria, ū′ri-a, n. a genus of Alcid—the guillemots and murres.