from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various chiefly tropical Old World birds of the family Meropidae that have brightly colored plumage and feed on bees and wasps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various brightly-coloured, insectivorous, near-passerine birds in the family Meropidae, especially the European bee-eater, Merops apiaster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bird of the genus Merops, that feeds especially on bees. The European species (Merops apiaster) is remarkable for its brilliant colors.
  • n. An African bird of the genus Rhinopomastes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which eats bees, as a bird; an apiaster.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. colorful chiefly tropical Old World bird having a strong graceful flight; feeds on especially bees


From the diet of these birds, which consists of flying insects, especially bees and wasps. (Wiktionary)


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