vir·​eo | \ ˈvir-ē-ˌō How to pronounce vireo (audio) \
plural vireos

Definition of vireo

: any of various small insectivorous American oscine birds (family Vireonidae, especially genus Vireo) that are chiefly olivaceous and grayish in color

Examples of vireo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a yellow-throated vireo near Nantucket’s West End and a common raven by the Old Sconset Golf Course., "Most read on," 10 Nov. 2019 Two white-eyed vireos were reported, one near Grapevine Road in Gloucester and the other at the Lanesville Community Gardens., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 Worcester County: Sightings from Westborough Wildlife Management Area included a white-eyed vireo, a vesper sparrow, three Lincoln’s sparrows, and 40 swamp sparrows., "Most read on," 28 Oct. 2019 In Boston proper, observers found a yellow-bellied flycatcher at the Public Garden and a white-eyed vireo in the McLaughlin Woods., "Most read on," 20 Oct. 2019 Tiny warbler-like birds called vireos are booming, with 89 million more birds than in 1970 — a jump of 53 percent. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Birds Are Vanishing From North America," 19 Sep. 2019 Miscellaneous: Sightings last week included a royal tern at Demarest State Park in Dartmouth and a Philadelphia vireo at Burrage Pond in Hanson., "Bird sightings across the region," 19 Aug. 2019 In less than an hour, Supplee spots yellow warblers, summer tanagers, yellow-breasted chats and a Bell's vireo — the four birds Audubon is gathering data on. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Program asks for public's help spotting, researching birds in regional counting project," 24 May 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of vireo

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vireo

Latin, a small bird, from virēre to be green

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“Vireo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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vir·​eo | \ ˈvir-ē-ˌō How to pronounce vireo (audio) \
plural vireos

Kids Definition of vireo

: a small songbird that eats insects and is olive-green or grayish in color

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