Definition of asity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈasədē/

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.

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Syllabification: as·i·ty

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