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bee-eater

[bee-ee-ter]
noun
  1. any of several colorful birds of the family Meropidae, of the Old World tropics, that feed on bees and other insects.
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Origin of bee-eater

First recorded in 1660–70
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bee-eater

noun
  1. any insectivorous bird of the family Meropidae of tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World, having a long downward-curving bill and long pointed wings and tail: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
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