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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
1825-1835
1825-35; < Neo-Latin; Latin vireō (Pliny), probably the greenfinch, derivative of virēre to be green
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  • Canopy birds soar overhead and include the scarlet tanager and red-eyed vireo.
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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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