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  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.
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Origin of minivet

First recorded in 1860–65; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for minivet

Historical Examples

  • But the beauty of the minivet is not merely that of colouring.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds

    Douglas Dewar

  • These are the wood-shrike, the minivet and the cuckoo-shrike.

  • It is impossible to mistake a minivet, but it is quite another matter to say to which species any particular minivet belongs.

  • This minivet was common at the Cocoa Research Station, where it usually inhabited the shade trees in the cocoa groves.

  • Few are the lurking insects that escape the bright little eye of the minivet.

British Dictionary definitions for minivet


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

C19: of unknown origin
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