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vireo Line breaks: vireo
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪrɪəʊ/

Definition of vireo in English:

noun (plural vireos)

A small American songbird, typically having a green or grey back and yellow or white underparts.
  • Family Vireonidae (the vireo family): two genera, especially Vireo, and several species. The vireo family also includes the greenlets and pepper-shrikes
Example sentences
  • This is how the edge of the forest mocks a birdwatcher: though I'm looking intently for warblers, vireos, and tanagers, I get only house sparrows.
  • Cedar waxwings, crows, finches, flycatchers, grosbeaks, grouse, jays, mockingbirds, pheasants, thrushes, vireos, and woodpeckers feed on their fruits.
  • He observed that the tail moves during vocalization in crows, warbling vireos, and lovebirds.


Mid 19th century: from Latin, perhaps denoting a greenfinch.

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