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white-eye

[hwahyt-ahy, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌaɪ, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, plural white-eyes.
1.
any of numerous small, chiefly tropical Old World songbirds of the family Zosteropidae, most of which have a ring of white feathers around the eye: several species are endangered.
Also called silver-eye.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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British Dictionary definitions for white eye

white-eye

noun
1.
Also called (NZ) blighty, silvereye, tauhou, waxeye. any songbird of the family Zosteropidae of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, having a greenish plumage with a white ring around each eye
2.
any of certain other birds having a white ring or patch around the eye
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white-eye

any of the 80 to 85 species of birds of the Old World family Zosteropidae (order Passeriformes). They are so much alike that about 60 of them are often lumped in a single genus, Zosterops. White-eyes occur chiefly from Africa across southern Asia to Australia and New Zealand in warm regions

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