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[min-uh-vet] /ˈmɪn əˌvɛt/
any of several small, long-tailed Asian cuckoo-shrikes of the genus Pericrocotus, having in the male black and red and in the female black and orange plumage.
Origin of minivet
First recorded in 1860-65; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for minivet
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  • But the beauty of the minivet is not merely that of colouring.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • These are the wood-shrike, the minivet and the cuckoo-shrike.

  • It is impossible to mistake a minivet, but it is quite another matter to say to which species any particular minivet belongs.

  • This minivet was common at the Cocoa Research Station, where it usually inhabited the shade trees in the cocoa groves.

    Birds from North Borneo

    Max C. Thompson
  • Few are the lurking insects that escape the bright little eye of the minivet.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • That's a minivet; she covers her nest with lichens so that on a lichen-covered limb it looks like a knot.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • This longitudinal red or yellow wing-band characterises most species of minivet.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for minivet


any brightly coloured tropical Asian cuckoo shrike of the genus Pericrocotus
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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