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[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.
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Origin of white-eye

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called silver-eye.
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Examples from the Web for white-eye

Historical Examples of white-eye

  • Specimens of this white-eye were taken by Fisher in 1946 at Yap.

    The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3

    Rollin H. Baker

  • I have not been fortunate enough to watch the white-eye building its nest.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • It was said to be slightly different from the common White-eye.

    An Australian Bird Book

    John Albert Leach

  • The Indian white-eye (Zosterops palbebrosa) is not at all like any of the babblers hitherto described.

  • After 10 seconds, the white-eye lunged at the intruder, striking it in mid-air.

British Dictionary definitions for white-eye


  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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