any of several estrildine finches of the genus Lonchura, of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands, often kept as cage birds.

Origin of mannikin

variant of manikin


or man·ni·kin



a little man; dwarf; pygmy.
a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.

Origin of manikin

1560–70; < Dutch manneken, equivalent to man man1 + -ken -kin. See mannequin
Can be confusedmanikin mannequin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a variant spelling of manikin


mannikin formerly manakin


a little man; dwarf or child
  1. an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
  2. Also called: phantoman anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
variant spellings of mannequin

Word Origin for manikin

C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man
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Word Origin and History for mannikin



1560s, "jointed figure used by artists," from Dutch manneken, literally "little man," diminutive of Middle Dutch man (see man (n.)). Sense and spelling often blended with mannequin.

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