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alcid

[al-sid] /ˈæl sɪd/
adjective
1.
Also, alcidine
[al-si-dahyn] /ˈæl sɪˌdaɪn/ (Show IPA)
. of, pertaining, or belonging to the family Alcidae, comprising the auks, murres, puffins, etc.
noun
2.
a bird of the family Alcidae.
Origin
< New Latin Alcidae name of the family, equivalent to Alc(a) an auk genus (< Scandinavian; see auk) + -idae -id2
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  • Pigeon guillemots are a relatively unusual member of the alcid family.
  • To further complicate censusing this unique alcid is the difficulty in identifying it correctly.
  • alcid populations are presumed to fluctuate in the long term with variations in their food supply caused by climatic changes.

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