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minivet

[ min-uh-vet ]

noun

  1. any of several small, long-tailed Asian cuckoo-shrikes of the genus Pericrocotus, having in the male black and red and in the female black and orange plumage.


minivet

/ ˈmɪnɪvɛt /

noun

  1. any brightly coloured tropical Asian cuckoo shrike of the genus Pericrocotus


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Word History and Origins

Origin of minivet1

First recorded in 1860–65; origin uncertain

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Word History and Origins

Origin of minivet1

C19: of unknown origin

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Example Sentences

The solitary denizen of the plains—the little minivet (Pericrocotus peregrinus)—is the least resplendent of them all.

That's a Minivet; she covers her nest with lichens so that on a lichen-covered limb it looks like a knot.

Very much like the Scarlet Minivet in appearance, save that the red of the cock is crimson rather than scarlet.

This longitudinal red or yellow wing-band characterises most species of minivet.

A literal translation of the Latin name—the flame-coloured minivet—would be more appropriate.

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