painted bunting

painted bunting
Nonpareil Non`pa*reil", n. [See {Nonpareil}, a. ] 1. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person; a nonesuch; -- often used as a name. [1913 Webster]

2. [F. nonpareille.] (Print.) A size of type next smaller than minion and next larger than agate (or ruby). [1913 Webster]

Note: This line is printed in the type called nonpareil. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A beautifully colored finch ({Passerina ciris}), native of the Southern United States. The male has the head and neck deep blue, rump and under parts bright red, back and wings golden green, and the tail bluish purple. Called also {painted bunting} and {painted finch}. (b) Any other similar bird of the same genus. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. (Cookery) A small sphere, less than 1 mm diamter, of colored sugar, used to decorate confections; -- usually used in the plural as though the name of a substance; as, sprinkled with nonpareils. [PJC]

5. pl. A type of candy chocolate consisting of a small flat disk of chocolate, less than one inch diameter, having nonpareils[4] sprinkled on the top; as, she ate a box of nonpareils at the movie. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • painted bunting — ☆ painted bunting n. a brightly colored blue, green, red, and brown bunting (Passerina ciris) found in the S U.S …   English World dictionary

  • Painted Bunting — Taxobox name = Painted Bunting status = NT status system = iucn3.1 image width = 250px image caption = A male in Texas regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Cardinalidae genus = Passerina species = P.… …   Wikipedia

  • painted bunting — puošnioji startenė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Passerina ciris angl. painted bunting vok. Papstfink, m rus. расписной овсянковый кардинал, m pranc. passerin nonpareil, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – startenės …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • painted bunting — noun Date: circa 1811 a brightly colored bunting (Passerina ciris) that is found from the southern United States to Panama …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • painted bunting — a brilliantly colored bunting, Passerina ciris, of the southern U.S. [1805 15, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • painted bunting — paint′ed bunt′ing n. orn a brilliantly colored bunting, Passerina ciris, of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico • Etymology: 1805–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • painted bunting — noun a) A brightly colored finch (Passerina ciris) of the southern part of the United States: painted finch. b) Smiths longspur, Calcarius pictus …   Wiktionary

  • painted bunting — noun or painted finch 1. : a brightly colored finch (Passerina ciris) of the southern part of the United States having in the male a deep blue head and neck and bright red rump and underparts with golden green wings and bluish purple tail and in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Painted — may refer to objects that have been coated with paint. It may also be used metaphorically for colourful or strikingly coloured , or have other meanings, as in the names of:Animals and plantsWild birds* Painted Bunting, Passerina ciris , in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Painted — Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted bunting. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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