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Alcyonides
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[1] Kingfisher

(Ἀλκυονίδες [Alkyonídes] = ἀλκυόνες [alkyónes], also ἁλκ-, therefore ‘halcyon days’), kingfisher, alcedines, colourful fish-eating coraciiformes (cf. Aristot. Hist. an. 8(9),14,616 a 14-18; Plin. HN 10,89). In Greece they were only winter guests and their brooding (at that time actually unknown) was said to take place during the calm of 14 days (ἀλκυονί(τι)δες, ἀλκυόνειοι ἡμέραι [alkyoní(ti)des, alkyóneioi hēmérai], alcyonii dies, Alcedonia, Plur.) [1; 2]…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg) and Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Alcyonides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e115860>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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