- any of several small, songless passerine birds of the family Pipridae, of the warmer parts of the Americas, usually having brilliantly colored plumage.
Origin of manakin
variant of manikin
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The miller was so frightened that this time he let him go; but, in a few minutes, the manakin returned again with his cappie.Folk Lore
Manakin, man′a-kin, n. a small tropical American piproid bird: a variant form of manikin.
When I encounter one of these people some fine day in a hotel, I act like the birds, who see a manakin in a field.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)
Guy de Maupassant
- any small South American passerine bird of the family Pipridae, having a colourful plumage, short bill, and elaborate courtship behaviour
- a variant of manikin