Noun. Now rare. M19.
[from Latin avis bird + cidium cutting, killing]
The slaughter of birds; bird-shooting.
When the shamelessly avicidal Duck Hunt was released on the Nintendo in 1987, it really was the duck's nuts. For those unfamiliar with 1980s pop culture, Duck Hunt was a game played with a light gun that you actually pointed at the screen of your TV. In the 1980s, this was a pretty big deal! Unfortunately, if wanton avicide wasn't enough to ensure immediate sanction from my mother, the use of a plastic gun that I held in my hand certainly was. Duck Hunt was forbidden, such was the deprivation of my childhood.
Strangely enough, I played Duck Hunt a few years ago on someone's "vintage" console. As I stood blasting pixelated avians out of the sky with a cheap plastic gun, I couldn't help but think my Mum was right to proscribe it. It wasn't a "horrible game" as my mother asserted, but it was a damned boring one.