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greenlet

[ green-lit ]
/ ˈgrin lɪt /
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noun

any of various small vireos of the genus Hylophilus, having greenish plumage, found in Central and South America.

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Origin of greenlet

First recorded in 1830–35; green + -let; a partial translation of Latin vireō; see vireo
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Example sentences from the Web for greenlet

  • I wondered, by the bye, whether my speech was as unintelligible to the greenlet as hers was to me.

    A Rambler's lease|Bradford Torrey
  • At last we had before us the rare and long-desired Philadelphia greenlet.

    The Foot-path Way|Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for greenlet

greenlet
/ (ˈɡriːnlɪt) /

noun

a vireo, esp one of the genus Hylophilus
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