any of several small, songless passerine birds of the family Pipridae, of the warmer parts of the Americas, usually having brilliantly colored plumage.

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manakin (ˈmænəkɪn)
1.  any small South American passerine bird of the family Pipridae, having a colourful plumage, short bill, and elaborate courtship behaviour
2.  a variant of manikin

manikin, (formerly) mannikin or (formerly) manakin (ˈmænɪkɪn)
1.  a little man; dwarf or child
2.  a.  an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
 b.  Also called: phantom an anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
3.  variant spellings of mannequin
[C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man]
mannikin, (formerly) mannikin or (formerly) manakin
[C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man]
manakin, (formerly) mannikin or (formerly) manakin
[C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man]

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the common name given to about 50 to 60 species of small, stubby, generally short-tailed birds abundant in American tropical forests. Manakins are short-billed birds that range in size from 8.5 to 16 cm (3.5 to 6.5 inches) long and weigh a mere 10-40 grams (0.35-1.4 ounces). Females and immature males are typically coloured in drab greens and browns, but adult males are often black with splashes of bright plumage ranging from cerulean blue to fiery red to egg-yolk yellow.

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