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alcēdo (halc- ), ĭnis, later † alcyon (halc- ), ĭnis, f., = ἀλκυών [O. H. Germ. alacra; the forms halcedo, halcyon arose from a fancied connection with ἅλς = the sea],
I.the kingfisher, halcyon: Alcedo hispida, Linn.: Alcedo dicebatur ab antiquis pro alcyone, Paul. ex Fest. p. 7 Müll.: haec avis nunc Graece dicitur ἁλκυών, a nostris halcedo; sed hieme quod pullos dicitur tranquillo mari facere, eos dies halcyonios appellant (Gr. ἁλκυονίδες ἡμέραι, Aristoph. Av. 1594 Bergk), halcyon-days, Varr. L. L. 7, § 88 Müll.; Plaut. Poen. 1, 2, 142; cf. Plin. 10, 32, 47.
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