Definition of tyrannulet in English:

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tyrannulet

Pronunciation: /təˈranyələt/

noun

A small tropical American bird of the tyrant flycatcher family, typically with drab grayish or greenish plumage.
  • Family Tyrannidae: several genera and many species.
Example sentences
  • In all most-parsimonious trees, an elevated trabecular plate is homologous in all genera of ‘tyrannulets’ and allies.
  • Furthermore, Straneck's treatment of an Argentine tyrannulet taxon as referable to S. griseiceps and the resulting revalidation of S. griseiceps are not confirmed.
  • The most popular sulphuric body part is the belly, with bulbuls, flycatchers, tyrannulets, tyrant-manakins, warblers, and whistlers all so named.

Origin

Diminutive based on modern Latin Tyrannus (genus name), from Greek turannos 'tyrant'.

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Syllabification: ty·ran·nu·let

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