- 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
- a little man; dwarf; pygmy.
- a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.
Origin of manikin
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Examples from the Web for mannikin
I'm not quite the tailor's mannikin that I was in the old days at the 'Varsity.A Mating in the Wilds
She ought to be a mannikin when she grows up, and try on coats and mantles in shops.The Madcap of the School
The story of the mannikin who is clever at spinning or weaving is widespread.
At which one can only stare, as at a mannikin attacking a colossus.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
"Mannikin or not, that will I never do," shouted Asa Thor after the giant.The Heroes of Asgard
- a variant spelling of manikin
mannikin formerly manakin
- a little man; dwarf or child
- an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
- Also called: phantoman anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
- variant spellings of mannequin
C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man
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Word Origin and History for mannikin
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