honey guide

or hon·ey·guide

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noun

any of several small, usually dull-colored birds of the family Indicatoridae, of Africa and southern Asia, certain species of which are noted for their habit of leading people or animals to nests of honeybees in order to feed on the honey, larvae, and wax of the nests after they have been broken open.

Nearby words

  1. honey buzzard,
  2. honey creeper,
  3. honey eater,
  4. honey fungus,
  5. honey gilding,
  6. honey locust,
  7. honey mesquite,
  8. honey mouse,
  9. honey mushroom,
  10. honey plant

Origin of honey guide

First recorded in 1780–90

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British Dictionary definitions for honey guide

honey guide

noun

any small bird of the family Indicatoridae, inhabiting tropical forests of Africa and Asia and feeding on beeswax, honey, and insects: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
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