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[vir-ee-oh] /ˈvɪr iˌoʊ/
noun, plural vireos.
any of several small, insectivorous American birds of the family Vireonidae, having the plumage usually olive-green or gray above and white or yellow below.
Origin of vireo
1825-35; < New Latin; Latin vireō (Pliny), probably the greenfinch, derivative of virēre to be green Unabridged
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  • The two parts of the m. gastrocnemius are most distinct in vireo.

  • It was a vireo's nest; but it was too large, too downy, too yellow for Red-eye.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Redeye the vireo awoke and at once began to sing, as is his way, not even waiting to get a mouthful of breakfast.

    The Adventures of Prickly Porky Thornton W. Burgess
  • He had thought of the vireo, which lay moored at the wharf in the inlet.

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool
  • Many a nature lover will recognize twenty-five or thirty birds at sight without any difficulty, and not know the vireo.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Mr. Bicknell says it is the only vireo that sings as it flies.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • I don't know but Mr. vireo would say it was making a feast for friends and neighbors, if I pick out the ready-made.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • I am in the Wilderness,—or was,—vireo; but I knew my way lay through it.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • It isn't Mr. vireo or I,—but the helping hand; the righting of condition; the giving of the new chance.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • I want to love and do for them; do something for them in heaven, Mr. vireo, that I did not do here!

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for vireo


noun (pl) vireos
any insectivorous American songbird of the family Vireonidae, esp those of the genus Vireo, having an olive-grey back with pale underparts
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: a bird, probably a greenfinch; compare virēre to be green
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Word Origin and History for vireo

1834, from Latin vireo, a word Pliny uses for some kind of bird, perhaps the greenfinch, from virere "be green" (see verdure). Applied in modern times to an American bird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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