hon·​ey·​creep·​er ˈhə-nē-ˌkrē-pər How to pronounce honeycreeper (audio)
: any of numerous small bright-colored oscine birds (especially genera Cyanerpes and Chlorophanes of the family Coerebidae) of tropical America
: any of a family (Drepanididae) of often colorful oscine birds found only in Hawaii

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Examples of honeycreeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two species of Hawaiian honeycreepers are among the forest birds that are particularly threatened as climate change brings invasive mosquitoes — and deadly avian malaria — into upper elevation forests. Alex Brown, USA TODAY, 13 May 2023 In 2001, this was the habitat of the shining honeycreeper, a bird with a range across Central America. Lauren Leatherby, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2022 Hawaiian birds, including several honeycreeper species on the new list, suffered an enormous collection of human impacts after Europeans landed on the islands, said Fitzpatrick. Sara Tabin, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The most recent to go extinct was the teeny po’ouli, a type of bird known as a honeycreeper discovered in 1973. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 The most recent to go extinct was the teeny po'ouli, a type of bird known as a honeycreeper discovered in 1973. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of honeycreeper was in 1872

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“Honeycreeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeycreeper. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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