any of numerous oscine birds of the family Meliphagidae, chiefly of Australasia, having a bill and tongue adapted for extracting the nectar from flowers.
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Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of honey eater
First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for honey eater
/ (ˈhʌnɪˌiːtə) /
any small arboreal songbird of the Australasian family Meliphagidae, having a downward-curving bill and a brushlike tongue specialized for extracting nectar from flowers
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