honey eater
honey eater honey eater, honey-eater honey-eater . One of numerous species of small passerine birds of the family {Meliphagid[ae]} having tongue and bill adapted for extracting nectar, abundant in Australia and Oceania; -- called also {honeysucker}.

Syn: honeysucker. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]


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  • honey-eater — honey eater, honey eater honey eater . One of numerous species of small passerine birds of the family {Meliphagid[ae]} having tongue and bill adapted for extracting nectar, abundant in Australia and Oceania; called also {honeysucker}. Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • honey eater — noun Australasian bird with tongue and bill adapted for extracting nectar • Syn: ↑honeysucker • Hypernyms: ↑oscine, ↑oscine bird • Member Holonyms: ↑Meliphagidae, ↑family Meliphagidae * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • honey eater —    Ō ō, ā ā (male); ākohekohe; ō ō ā ā (Kaua i); hulimai a.    ♦ Honey eater singing with gay voice in the forest (FS 287), ka ō ō kani leo le a i ka nahele …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • honey eater — type of bird which feeds on honey …   English contemporary dictionary

  • honey eater — any of numerous oscine birds of the family Meliphagidae, chiefly of Australasia, having a bill and tongue adapted for extracting the nectar from flowers. Also, honeyeater. [1725 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • honey eater — hon′ey eat er or hon′ey•eat er n. orn any of numerous chiefly Australasian songbirds of the family Meliphagidae, highly diverse in size, plumage, and habits, though typically having a tongue adapted for nectar feeding • Etymology: 1725–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • honey-eater — …   Useful english dictionary

  • wattled honey eater — Wattlebird Wat tle*bird , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of honey eaters belonging to {Anthoch[ae]ra} and allied genera of the family {Meliphagid[ae]}. These birds usually have a large and conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regent honey eater — noun Etymology: regent (as in regent bird) + honey eater : flying coachman …   Useful english dictionary

  • wattled honey eater — noun : wattlebird 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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