vireo

[vir-ee-oh]
noun, plural vireos.
any of several small, insectivorous American birds of the family Vireonidae, having the plumage usually olive-green or gray above and white or yellow below.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin; Latin vireō (Pliny), probably the greenfinch, derivative of virēre to be green

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vireo (ˈvɪrɪəʊ)
 
n , pl vireos
any insectivorous American songbird of the family Vireonidae, esp those of the genus Vireo, having an olive-grey back with pale underparts
 
[C19: from Latin: a bird, probably a greenfinch; compare virēre to be green]

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vireo
1834, from L. vireo, a word Pliny uses for some kind of bird, perhaps the greenfinch, from virere "be green" (see verdure). Applied in modern times to an Amer. bird.
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Canopy birds soar overhead and include the scarlet tanager and red-eyed vireo.
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