Tan ager

tanager

[tan-uh-jer]
noun
any of numerous songbirds of the New World family Thraupidae, the males of which are usually brightly colored.

Origin:
1605–15; < Neo-Latin tanagra, metathetic variant of Tupi tangara

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tanager (ˈtænədʒə)
 
n
any American songbird of the family Thraupidae, having a short thick bill and a brilliantly coloured male plumage
 
[C19: from New Latin tanagra, based on Tupi tangara]

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tanager
small American oscine bird, 1844, from Mod.L. tanagra, named 1758 by Linnaeus, alteration of Port. tangara, from Tupi (Brazil) tangara.
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