Meliphagidae

plural noun

Mel·​i·​phag·​i·​dae
ˌmeləˈfajəˌdē
: a family of oscine birds that are almost entirely restricted to the Australian biogeographic region and have the tongue modified for taking nectar and insects from flowers see honeyeater
meliphagidan
¦⸗⸗¦fajədᵊn
adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Meliphaga, type genus (from meli- + -phaga) + -idae

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“Meliphagidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Meliphagidae. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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