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honey eater

or honeyeater

any of numerous oscine birds of the family Meliphagidae, chiefly of Australasia, having a bill and tongue adapted for extracting the nectar from flowers.
Origin of honey eater
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This honey-eater is remarkable in having a narrow lilac skin on the cheek, with a light line of yellow feathers beneath it.

  • He suspects that the honey-eater nests at all times of the year.

  • Then Louhi sent Otso the Bear, the honey-eater, but he was slain by the hero, who made a banquet of his flesh for the people.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
British Dictionary definitions for honey-eater


any small arboreal songbird of the Australasian family Meliphagidae, having a downward-curving bill and a brushlike tongue specialized for extracting nectar from flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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