Definition of piciform in English:

piciform

adjective

Ornithology
  • Of or relating to the order Piciformes, which includes the woodpeckers and (in later use) the toucans, barbets, puffbirds, jacamars, and honeyguides.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Elliott Coues (1842–1889), naturalist and historian. From scientific Latin Picus, genus name (Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 10, 1758) I. 112, after earlier use by him in Systema Naturae; from classical Latin pīcus woodpecker: see below) + -iform, after scientific Latin Piciformes, suborder name (E. Coues Key to N. Amer. Birds (ed. 2, 1884) iii. ii. 446; earlier as a superfamily name, A. H. Garrod 1874 in Proc. Zool. Soc 123).

Pronunciation

piciform

/ˈpʌɪsɪfɔːm/