honey eater

or hon·ey·eat·er



any of numerous oscine birds of the family Meliphagidae, chiefly of Australasia, having a bill and tongue adapted for extracting the nectar from flowers.

Nearby words

  1. honey bear,
  2. honey bucket,
  3. honey bun,
  4. honey buzzard,
  5. honey creeper,
  6. honey fungus,
  7. honey gilding,
  8. honey guide,
  9. honey locust,
  10. honey mesquite

Origin of honey eater

First recorded in 1725–35

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Examples from the Web for honey-eater

  • Then Louhi sent Otso the Bear, the honey-eater, but he was slain by the hero, who made a banquet of his flesh for the people.

    National Epics|Kate Milner Rabb
  • This Honey-eater is remarkable in having a narrow lilac skin on the cheek, with a light line of yellow feathers beneath it.

  • He suspects that the honey-eater nests at all times of the year.

British Dictionary definitions for honey-eater



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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