honeyeater

noun
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

Examples of honeyeater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the specific types of rare gum tree blossoms that the honeyeaters prefer to feed on, and nest near, could be in short supply. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "A fires rage across Australia, fears grow for rare species," 17 Dec. 2019 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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First Known Use of honeyeater

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Honeyeater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeyeater. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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