Definition of kingfisher:
- Any one of numerous species of birds constituting the family Alcedinidae. Most of them feed upon fishes which they capture by diving and seizing then with the beak; others feed only upon reptiles, insects, etc. About one hundred and fifty species are known. They are found in nearly all parts of the world, but are particularly abundant in the East Indies.
- "Birds in the Bush", Bradford Torrey.
- "Expedition into Central Australia", Charles Sturt.
But what Tilling did not and could not know was that this, the first of the autumn after- dinner bridge- parties, was destined to look on the famous teagown of kingfisher- blue, as designed for Mrs. Trout.- "Miss Mapp", Edward Frederic Benson.