Definition of elaenia
1 capitalized : a genus of small crested insectivorous birds (family Tyrannidae) of tropical America and the West Indies
2 plural -s : any bird of the genus Elaenia
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Origin and Etymology of elaenia
New Latin, modification of Greek elaïnea, feminine of elaïneos of the olive, of olivewood, from elaia olive; from the color of the plumage
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