hon·​ey·​eat·​er | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌē-tər How to pronounce honeyeater (audio) \

Definition of honeyeater

: any of a family (Meliphagidae) of oscine birds chiefly of the South Pacific that have a long extensible tongue adapted for extracting nectar and small insects from flowers

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Hummingbirds were the most common target, but mantises also went after warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European robins. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain," 22 Sep. 2017

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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