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[tan-uh-jer] /ˈtæn ə dʒər/
any of numerous songbirds of the New World family Thraupidae, the males of which are usually brightly colored.
Origin of tanager
1605-15; < New Latin tanagra, metathetic variant of Tupi tangara Unabridged
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  • I stood with a tanager in one hand, a lovely manakin in the other, thinking.

    Nat the Naturalist G. Manville Fenn
  • The tanager was always a very shy bird; he did not like to be looked at.

    In Nesting Time Olive Thorne Miller
  • I waited only for warm days to set free the tanager, and at last they came.

    In Nesting Time Olive Thorne Miller
  • If it tried, say, the tanager's, would we believe and accept it?

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • tanager is uniformed first for conquest, then for guard duty.

  • There is pride in the song of the tanager, and vanity in that of the catbird.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • The bird he had carried in his bosom he found to be a Southwestern tanager.

    The Delafield Affair

    Florence Finch Kelly
  • Silence again, while a tanager called his agitated "chip-chur!"

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • Marcilianum is now Sala, in the valley of the Calore (tanager).

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Dense foliage no more conceals the male bird's brilliant coat than it can the tanager's or oriole's.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
British Dictionary definitions for tanager


any American songbird of the family Thraupidae, having a short thick bill and a brilliantly coloured male plumage
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin tanagra, based on Tupi tangara
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tanager

small American oscine bird, 1844, from Modern Latin tanagra, named 1758 by Linnaeus, alteration of Portuguese tangara, from Tupi (Brazil) tangara.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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