vireo

[ vir-ee-oh ]
/ ˈvɪr iˌoʊ /

noun, plural vir·e·os.

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.

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Origin of vireo

1825–35; < New Latin; Latin vireō (Pliny), probably the greenfinch, derivative of virēre to be green
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British Dictionary definitions for vireo

vireo

/ (ˈvɪrɪəʊ) /

noun plural vireos

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

C19: from Latin: a bird, probably a greenfinch; compare virēre to be green
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Word Origin and History for vireo

vireo


n.

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.

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