• WordNet 3.6
    • n Tyrannus type genus of the Tyrannidae: tyrant flycatchers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tyrannus The name-giving genus of Tyrannidæ, formerly loosely extended to embrace most of the larger species then known (so named from their irritable or irascible disposition and their tendency to tyrannize over other birds), now restricted to a few large stout flycatchers like the common king-bird or bee-martin of the United States, T. tyrannus, T. pipiri, T. intrepidus, or T. carolinensis. They have the head with a vertical crest, the bill stout, hooked, and well-bristled, several outer primaries emarginate, the tail even or emarginate, and the coloration black and white, or gray and white, or olive and yellow. The gray king-bird of the West Indies and southern United States (T. domicicensis or T. griseus), the Arkansas fly-catcher (T. verticalis) of the Western States and Territories, Cassin's and Couch's flycatchers of the Southwestern States and southward (T. vociferans and T. melancholicus) are additional examples: and others occur in the West Indies and Central and South America. See cut under king-bird.
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In literature:

Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 1391.
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
So have I heard the Oedipus Tyrannus, and the Prometheus, as I never have heard them before.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
Oedipus Tyrannus, or Swellfoot the Tyrant.
"Adonais" by Shelley
In the Oedipus Tyrannus, Sophocles goes back to the central crisis of the Theban story.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
The quarrel betwixt OEdipus and the prophet, who announces his guilt, is imitated from a similar scene in the OEdipus Tyrannus.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
By the by, I had meant to send you an emendation of a passage in my Tyrannus which you found fault with.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
The 'oedipus Tyrannus' of Sophocles was completed by the 'oedipus Colonus,' where he dies in peace amid tokens of divine favor.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Upon my word, I think the OEdipus Tyrannus, the Alchemist, and Tom Jones the three most perfect plots ever planned.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
The story of "Oedipus Tyrannus" is told in this work in connection with Professor Paine's composition.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
Evelyn had given the King his pamphlet entitled 'Tyrannus, or the Mode.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
TYRANNUS, Acts II., 347.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres

In news:

Debbie Chapman of Houston was visiting her mother in Fort Worth in May 2009 when she found nesting Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus).
The Fork-tailed Flycatcher 's range extends from Mexico to Argentina, but the species (Tyrannus savana) is known to wander north regularly.
Tyrannus Tyrannus aka Eastern Kingbird.
This Scissor -tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) was photographed as it made a rare appearance in New Brunswick, Canada.