honey eater

or hon·ey·eat·er


noun

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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Origin of honey eater

First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for honey eater

honey-eater
/ (ˈhʌnɪˌiːtə) /

noun

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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