- any of numerous tropical American flycatchers of the genus Elaenia, having short crests and small bills.
Origin of elaenia
< New Latin (1835), orig. Elaïnia < Greek elaïnéa, feminine of elaḯneos pertaining to the olive, derivative of elaía olive; so named from the birds' color
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