white-eye

[hwahyt-ahy, wahyt-]
noun, plural white-eyes.
  1. 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.

Origin of white-eye

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called silver-eye.
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white-eye

noun
  1. 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
  2. any of certain other birds having a white ring or patch around the eye
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