Zosterops

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zosterops (Zoöl) A genus of birds that comprises the white-eyes. See White-eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zosterops A very extensive genus of Meliphagidæ (also referred to the Dicæidæ), giving name to the subfamily Zosteropinæ, characterized among related genera by the absence or spurious character of the first primary, and named from the conspicuous orbital ring of most of its members. The genus is now held to cover a number of forms which have been made types of several (about 8) other genera. They are known as white-eyes and silver-eyes. The range of the genus in this broad sense is very extensive, embracing most of Africa, all of India, Ceylon, Burma, China, and Japan, the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago, the Papuan Islands, Australia, Tasmania, and most of the Polynesian islands, including New Zealand. The bill is about as long as the head, straight, and broad at the base. The pattern of coloration is characteristic, consisting of olives and yellows as the ground-colors, and the diagnostic white eye-ring of most species. The sexes are alike in plumage. The size is very small, only 4 or 5 inches. About 85 species are recognized as valid. The type is Z. cærulescens, of Australia, the Chatham Islands, and New Zealand, the cerulean creeper, and rusty-sided warbler of the older ornithologists. Z. madagascariensis is the white-eyed warbler of Latham. Z. olivacea is the olive creeper of Bourbon (Réunion). Z. mauritiana is the Maurice warbler of Mauritius. Z. lugubris, Z. borbonica, Z. chloronota, Z. fallax, Z. leucophæa, Z. muelleri, Z. finschi, and Z. senegalensis have severally been made types of other genera. Some of these birds have been placed in Dicæum, and are among those known to the French ornithologists as souimangas.
    • n zosterops [lowercase] Any bird of this genus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. girdle + , , the eye

Usage

In literature:

Zosterops luteus 1 2 3.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
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