any of numerous small, chiefly tropical Old World songbirds of the family Zosteropidae, most of which have a ring of white feathers around the eye: several species are endangered.
- Also called silver-eye.
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How to use white-eye in a sentence
"Old Calamity" was a roan, with one wicked white eye, that in his best days had done a hundred miles in ten hours.Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland
Sides of lower mandible conspicuously grooved; entire plumage sooty brown, except a white eye-ring.
Head slaty; throat and breast grayish; an inconspicuous white eye-ring.
Similar to No. 679, but with an incomplete white eye-ring showing above and below eye.
The black and white eye-spots are not real eyes, but to a bird they doubtless seem so.Book of Monsters | David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
British Dictionary definitions for white-eye
Also called (NZ): blighty, silvereye, tauhou, waxeye any songbird of the family Zosteropidae of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, having a greenish plumage with a white ring around each eye
any of certain other birds having a white ring or patch around the eye
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