hon·​ey·​guide | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌgīd How to pronounce honeyguide (audio) \

Definition of honeyguide

: any of a family (Indicatoridae) of small plainly colored nonpasserine birds that inhabit Africa, the Himalayas, and the East Indies and that include some which lead people or animals to the nests of bees

Examples of honeyguide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Yao community in Mozambique follows greater honeyguides to giant, wild bee hives—and has likely been doing so for centuries. Popular Science, 11 Mar. 2020 Such brood parasitism has arisen independently at least three times, in the groups known as cuckoos, cowbirds and honeyguides. The Economist, 18 Jan. 2018 But for the clarity of reciprocity, nothing can match the relationship between honeyguide and honey hunter. Natalie Angier, New York Times, 22 July 2016 When humans speak up, the little African birds called honeyguides listen—and can understand, a new study confirms for the first time. National Geographic, 21 July 2016 Honeyguides excel at locating bees’ nests, but a bird that tries to steal some of the tasty reward could easily be stung to death. National Geographic, 21 July 2016 He and Spottiswoode are now working together to explore how hunters elsewhere in Africa signal honeyguides. National Geographic, 21 July 2016 See More

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First Known Use of honeyguide

1777, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of honeyguide was in 1777

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“Honeyguide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeyguide. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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