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[tan-uh-jer] /ˈtæn ə dʒər/
any of numerous songbirds of the New World family Thraupidae, the males of which are usually brightly colored.
Origin of tanager
1605-15; < New Latin tanagra, metathetic variant of Tupi tangara Unabridged
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  • Canopy birds soar overhead and include the scarlet tanager and red-eyed vireo.
  • Let the scarlet tanager take the prize as the forest's flashiest dresser.
  • Off course and north of its normal range, it's a rare treat to see the red summer tanager on a warm day.
British Dictionary definitions for tanager


any American songbird of the family Thraupidae, having a short thick bill and a brilliantly coloured male plumage
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin tanagra, based on Tupi tangara
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Word Origin and History for tanager

small American oscine bird, 1844, from Modern Latin tanagra, named 1758 by Linnaeus, alteration of Portuguese tangara, from Tupi (Brazil) tangara.

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