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tanager

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noun tan·a·ger \ˈta-ni-jər\

Definition of tanager

  1. :  any of numerous chiefly tropical American oscine birds (family Thraupidae) that are often brightly colored and inhabit mostly woodlands — compare scarlet tanager



Origin of tanager

New Latin tanagra, modification of Portuguese tangará, any of various birds of the suboscine family Pipridae, from Tupi tagará, taŋgará


First Known Use: 1801


TANAGER Defined for Kids

tanager

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noun tan·a·ger \ˈta-ni-jər\

Definition of tanager for Students

  1. :  a brightly colored mostly tropical bird that feeds on insects and fruit




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