Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology, an old name of the bee-eater; in 1760 made by Brisson a generic name for the bee-eaters; now the specific name of the European bee-eater, Merops apiaster. See cut under bee-eater.
“The Camargue (Rhone Delta) breeding bird species include 8 heron species, Gelochelidon nilotica, Coracias garrulus, Merops apiaster, Plegadis falcinellus, Phoenicopterus ruber (the largest colony of flamingo in the Mediterranean), Glareola pratincola, and gulls.”
“He was a very _merops apiaster_, or bee-bird, and very injurious to men that kept bees; for he would slide into their bee-gardens, and, sitting down before the stools would rap with his finger on the hives, and so take the bees as they came out.”
“27 ‘Merops apiaster’ and ‘M. bullockoides’ (Smith).”
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