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northern parula

noun
1.
See under parula.

parula

[par-yuh-luh, -uh-luh] /ˈpær yə lə, -ə lə/
noun
1.
any of several American wood warblers of the genus Parula, especially P. americana (northern parula) having bluish plumage with a yellow throat and breast.
Also called parula warbler.
Origin of parula
< New Latin Parula a genus name, alteration of Parulus an earlier genus name, equivalent to Late Latin pār(us) titmouse (akin to Latin parra a bird whose cry was considered a bad omen) + Latin -ulus -ule
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