Share this entry
asity Syllabification: as·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈasədē/

Definition of asity in English:

noun (plural asities)

A stocky perching bird related to the pittas, found only in Madagascar.
  • Family Philepittidae: two genera, in particular Philepitta (two species) . See also false sunbird
Example sentences
  • The Old World has only about 50 species of suboscines, and these fall into three small groups: the outrageously colorful, short-legged, plump pittas; the broadbills; and the asities.
  • Sunbird asities (genus Neodrepanis) are aggressive and compete with other species for food.
  • Broadbills are thought to be closely related to pittas and asities (Philepittidae).


Probably a local name.

Definition of asity in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources