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[min-uh-vet] /ˈmɪn əˌvɛt/
any of several small, long-tailed Asian cuckoo-shrikes of the genus Pericrocotus, having in the male black and red and in the female black and orange plumage.
Origin of minivet
1860-65; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These are the wood-shrike, the minivet and the cuckoo-shrike.

  • But the beauty of the minivet is not merely that of colouring.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • This minivet was common at the Cocoa Research Station, where it usually inhabited the shade trees in the cocoa groves.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • It is impossible to mistake a minivet, but it is quite another matter to say to which species any particular minivet belongs.

  • Few are the lurking insects that escape the bright little eye of the minivet.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • This longitudinal red or yellow wing-band characterises most species of minivet.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • That's a minivet; she covers her nest with lichens so that on a lichen-covered limb it looks like a knot.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for minivet


any brightly coloured tropical Asian cuckoo shrike of the genus Pericrocotus
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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