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tanager

[ tan-uh-jer ]
/ ˈtæn ə dʒər /
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noun

Also called true tanager . any of numerous small New World songbirds of the family Thraupidae (tanager family), the males of which are usually brightly colored, including the multicolored green-headed tanager , Tangara seledon, of South America.

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Origin of tanager

First recorded in 1605–15; from New Latin tanagra, metathetic variant of Tupi tangara
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British Dictionary definitions for tanager

tanager
/ (ˈtænədʒə) /

noun

any American songbird of the family Thraupidae, having a short thick bill and a brilliantly coloured male plumage

Word Origin for tanager

C19: from New Latin tanagra, based on Tupi tangara
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