Definition of tanager in English:

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tanager

Pronunciation: /ˈtanəjər/

noun

A small American songbird of the bunting family, the male of which typically has brightly colored plumage.
  • Family Emberizidae (subfamily Thraupinae): many genera, in particular Tangara, and numerous species.
Example sentences
  • Shade plantations also provide homes to seasonal migrants like warblers, orioles, tanagers, and hummingbirds.
  • I saw mockingbirds and bluebirds on my slow drive back, but grosbeaks, tanagers, kingbirds, and buntings are apparently not back yet.
  • You may also find cuckoos, kingbirds, flycatchers, swifts, swallows, orioles, and tanagers in the fall.

Origin

Early 17th century (originally as tangara): from Tupi tangará, later refashioned on the pattern of the modern Latin genus name Tanagra.

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Syllabification: tan·a·ger

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