Definition of vireo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvɪrɪəʊ

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
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    • 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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