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vireo

[vir-ee-oh] /ˈvɪr iˌoʊ/
noun, plural vireos.
1.
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 of vireo
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin; Latin vireō (Pliny), probably the greenfinch, derivative of virēre to be green
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  • The two parts of the m. gastrocnemius are most distinct in vireo.

  • It was a vireo's nest; but it was too large, too downy, too yellow for Red-eye.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Redeye the vireo awoke and at once began to sing, as is his way, not even waiting to get a mouthful of breakfast.

    The Adventures of Prickly Porky Thornton W. Burgess
  • He had thought of the vireo, which lay moored at the wharf in the inlet.

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool
  • Many a nature lover will recognize twenty-five or thirty birds at sight without any difficulty, and not know the vireo.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Mr. Bicknell says it is the only vireo that sings as it flies.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • I don't know but Mr. vireo would say it was making a feast for friends and neighbors, if I pick out the ready-made.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • I am in the Wilderness,—or was,—vireo; but I knew my way lay through it.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • It isn't Mr. vireo or I,—but the helping hand; the righting of condition; the giving of the new chance.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • I want to love and do for them; do something for them in heaven, Mr. vireo, that I did not do here!

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for vireo

vireo

/ˈvɪrɪəʊ/
noun (pl) vireos
1.
any insectivorous American songbird of the family Vireonidae, esp those of the genus Vireo, having an olive-grey back with pale underparts
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a bird, probably a greenfinch; compare virēre to be green
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Word Origin and History for vireo
n.

1834, from Latin 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 American bird.

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