Bee-eater
Bee-eater Bee"-eat`er, n. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A bird of the genus {Merops}, that feeds especially on bees. The European species ({Merops apiaster}) is remarkable for its brilliant colors. (b) An African bird of the genus {Rhinopomastes}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Bee-eater — Bee eaters European Bee eaters, (Merops apiaster) Scientific classification Kingdom: A …   Wikipedia

  • bee-eater — /bee ee teuhr/, n. any of several colorful birds of the family Meropidae, of the Old World tropics, that feed on bees and other insects. [1660 70] * * * Any of about 25 species of brightly coloured birds (family Meropidae) that feed on bees,… …   Universalium

  • bee eater — n. any of a family (Meropidae) of small, brightly colored, tropical Old World coraciiform birds that feed on bees and other insects * * * …   Universalium

  • bee eater — n. any of a family (Meropidae) of small, brightly colored, tropical Old World coraciiform birds that feed on bees and other insects …   English World dictionary

  • bee-eater — /ˈbi itə/ (say bee eetuh) noun 1. → rainbow bee eater. 2. any of various widely distributed members of the family Meropidae, insectivorous birds with long slender bills and brilliant plumage …   Australian English dictionary

  • bee-eater — noun /ˈbɪjiːtə/ Any of various brightly coloured, insectivorous, near passerine birds in the family Meropidae, especially the European bee eater, Merops apiaster …   Wiktionary

  • bee-eater — tikrieji bitininkai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Merops angl. bee eater vok. Spint, m rus. щурка, f pranc. guêpier, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – bitininkiniai siauresnis terminas – baltagurklis bitininkas siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • bee eater — noun colorful chiefly tropical Old World bird having a strong graceful flight; feeds on especially bees • Hypernyms: ↑coraciiform bird • Member Holonyms: ↑Meropidae, ↑family Meropidae * * * bee eater, any one of a family of insect eating birds,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bee-eater — bee′ eat er n. orn any of numerous colorful birds of the family Meropidae, inhabiting warm regions, that feed on flying insects • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • bee-eater — noun Date: 1668 any of a family (Meropidae) of brightly colored slender billed insectivorous chiefly tropical Old World birds …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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