- any of several colorful birds of the family Meropidae, of the Old World tropics, that feed on bees and other insects.
Origin of bee-eater
First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for bee-eater
The note of both kinds of bee-eater is a soft but cheery whistle.Glimpses of Indian Birds
Beewolf—that is, bee-eater—is the German name for the woodpecker.Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore
More likely they were bee-eater's, or may have been snake's or lizard's.The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad
Edward John Thompson
The bee-eater utilises the bill as pickaxe and the feet as ejectors.A Bird Calendar for Northern India
The sand-grouse (Pterocles arenarius) is occasionally found, as also are the eagle and the bee-eater.
- 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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