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[king-lit] /ˈkɪŋ lɪt/
a king ruling over a small country or territory.
any of several small, greenish, crested birds of the genus Regulus.
1595-1605; king + -let Unabridged
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  • For example, he discovers a caterpillar that serves as the kinglet's primary winter nourishment.
  • The pine barren's frog, northern bog lemming, golden-crowned kinglet and lynx are adapted to living in the acidic habitat.
  • These woodlands are good places to find golden-crowned kinglet, veery, and hermit thrush.
British Dictionary definitions for kinglet


(often derogatory) the king of a small or insignificant territory
(US & Canadian) any of various small warblers of the genus Regulus, having a black-edged yellow crown: family Muscicapidae
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Encyclopedia Article for kinglet

any of about four species of birds of the genus Regulus, of the songbird family Sylviidae; some consider them a separate subfamily, Regulinae. These round-bodied, short-billed little birds are usually found in coniferous woodlands. They make a high-hanging nest of moss, bound with cobweb, so small that the 5 to 10 eggs may lie in two layers. Kinglets are about 9 cm (3.5 inches) long, with greenish gray body plumage and bright crown marks

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