- any of numerous songbirds of the New World family Thraupidae, the males of which are usually brightly colored.
Origin of tanager
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Historical Examples of tanager
I stood with a tanager in one hand, a lovely manakin in the other, thinking.Nat the Naturalist
G. Manville Fenn
The tanager was always a very shy bird; he did not like to be looked at.
I waited only for warm days to set free the tanager, and at last they came.
If it tried, say, the tanager's, would we believe and accept it?Wild Life Near Home
Dallas Lore Sharp
Tanager is uniformed first for conquest, then for guard duty.
- any American songbird of the family Thraupidae, having a short thick bill and a brilliantly coloured male plumage
Word Origin for tanager
small American oscine bird, 1844, from Modern Latin tanagra, named 1758 by Linnaeus, alteration of Portuguese tangara, from Tupi (Brazil) tangara.