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king·fish·er

 (kĭng′fĭsh′ər)
n.
Any of various birds of the family Alcedinidae, characteristically having a crested head, a long stout beak, a short tail, and brilliant coloration.

kingfisher

(ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃə)
n
(Animals) 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
[C15: originally king's fisher]

king•fish•er

(ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər)

n.
any of various usu. brightly colored birds of the family Alcedinidae, of worldwide distribution, with large heads and robust bills: many dive for fish.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kingfisher - nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp billkingfisher - nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp bill; usually crested and bright-colored; feed mostly on fish
coraciiform bird - chiefly short-legged arboreal nonpasserine birds that nest in holes
Alcedo atthis, Eurasian kingfisher - small kingfisher with greenish-blue and orange plumage
belted kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon - greyish-blue North American kingfisher with a chestnut band on its chest
Dacelo gigas, kookaburra, laughing jackass - Australian kingfisher having a loud cackling cry
Translations
رَفْرَافٌطائِر الرفْراف
ledňáček
isfugl
kuningaskalastaja
vodomar
bláòyrill, ísfugl, kóngsfiskari
カワセミ
물총새
alcedo
rybárik
vodomec
vodomarводомар
kungsfiskare
นกกินปลา
yalıçapkınıiskele kuşuyalı çapkını
зимородок
chim bói cá

kingfisher

[ˈkɪŋfɪʃəʳ] Nmartín m pescador

kingfisher

[ˈkɪŋfɪʃər] nmartin-pêcheur m

kingfisher

nEisvogel m

kingfisher

[ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃəʳ] nmartin m inv pescatore

king

(kiŋ) noun
1. a male ruler of a nation, who inherits his position by right of birth. He became king when his father died; King Charles III.
2. the playing-card with the picture of a king. I have two cards – the ten of spades and the king of diamonds.
3. the most important piece in chess.
ˈkingdom noun
1. a state having a king (or queen) as its head. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; He rules over a large kingdom.
2. any of the three great divisions of natural objects. the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms.
ˈkingly adjective
of, relating to, or suitable for a king. kingly robes; a kingly feast.
ˈkingliness noun
ˈkingfisher noun
a type of bird with brilliant blue feathers which feeds on fish.
ˈking-size(d) adjective
of a large size; larger than normal. a king-size(d) bed; king-size cigarettes.

kingfisher

رَفْرَافٌ ledňáček isfugl Eisvogel αλκυόνα martín pescador kuningaskalastaja martin-pêcheur vodomar martin pescatore カワセミ 물총새 ijsvogel isfugl zimorodek martim-pescador, pica-peixe зимородок kungsfiskare นกกินปลา yalı çapkını chim bói cá 翠鸟
References in classic literature ?
Some kingfishers were rambling along the water-courses, but they would not let themselves be approached.
All kinds of aquatic birds--pelicans, wild-duck, kingfishers, and the rest--were seen in numerous flocks hovering about the borders of the pools and torrents.
He chased the unmigratory tropi-ducks from their shrewd-hidden nests, walked circumspectly among the crocodiles hauled out of water for slumber, and crept under the jungle-roof and spied upon the snow-white saucy cockatoos, the fierce ospreys, the heavy-flighted buzzards, the lories and kingfishers, and the absurdly garrulous little pygmy parrots.
An' kingfishers, an' rabbits comin' down to drink, an', maybe, a deer.
The fields were burnished in sun and wind with the colour of kingfisher and parrot and humming-bird, the hues of a hundred flowering flowers.
Clare had given his parents no warning of his visit, and his arrival stirred the atmosphere of the Vicarage as the dive of the kingfisher stirs a quiet pool.
When the kingfisher, flying over the sea, is exhausted, his mate places herself beneath him and bears him along upon her stronger wings.
Now and again a peaty amber colored stream rippled across their way, with ferny over-grown banks, where the blue kingfisher flitted busily from side to side, or the gray and pensive heron, swollen with trout and dignity, stood ankle-deep among the sedges.
Of diversified habits innumerable instances could be given: I have often watched a tyrant flycatcher (Saurophagus sulphuratus) in South America, hovering over one spot and then proceeding to another, like a kestrel, and at other times standing stationary on the margin of water, and then dashing like a kingfisher at a fish.
The commonest bird is a kingfisher (Dacelo Iagoensis), which tamely sits on the branches of the castor- oil plant, and thence darts on grasshoppers and lizards.
Belted Kingfishers (Megacerlye alcyon) often excavate nest burrows in natural bare vertical banks adjacent to water (Mousley 1938, Brooks and Davis 1987, Shields and Kelly 1997, Woodall 2001) but also use those created by human activity, such as in gravel quarries and railroad and road cuts (Ridgway 1869, Bent 1940, Cornwell 1963, Hamas 1994).
Kingfishers shares fall to record low on fourth quarter net loss.