- any of several small, insectivorous American birds of the family Vireonidae, having the plumage usually olive-green or gray above and white or yellow below.
Origin of vireo
Examples from the Web for vireo
Historical Examples of vireo
Yet the vireo is more common than two-thirds of the birds he knows.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
For one instant I thought, Can it be the Philadelphia vireo?The Foot-path Way
It was a vireo's nest; but it was too large, too downy, too yellow for Red-eye.Wild Life Near Home
Dallas Lore Sharp
He had thought of the Vireo, which lay moored at the wharf in the inlet.
This was a wind to drive the Vireo at a fine pace over the bay.
- any insectivorous American songbird of the family Vireonidae, esp those of the genus Vireo, having an olive-grey back with pale underparts
Word Origin for vireo
1834, from Latin vireo, a word Pliny uses for some kind of bird, perhaps the greenfinch, from virere "be green" (see verdure). Applied in modern times to an American bird.