Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A non-passerine African bird of the family Indicatoridœ, supposed to guide the honey-hunters to their spoil; an indicator. Also called honey-bird.
- n. In botany, a marking or a streak of nectar or honey in a flower serving to guide the insect to the nectary.
“The honey-guide is an extraordinary bird; how is it that every member of its family has learned that all men, white or black, are fond of honey?”
“Has this peculiar habit of the honey-guide its origin, as the attachment of dogs, in friendship for man, or in love for the sweet pickings of the plunder left on the ground?”
“We remained near a small hill, called Maundo, where we began to be frequently invited by the honey-guide”
“Then we have the loud cry of francolins, the “pumpuru, pumpuru” of turtle-doves, and the “chiken, chiken, chik, churr, churr” of the honey-guide.”
“After having ascertained this, we never attended the call of the honey-guide, for we were sure it would only lead us to a hive which we had no right to touch.”
“Two men who accompanied our guide called out every now and then to attract the attention of the honey-guide, but none appeared.”
“In apt illustration of Sprengel's theory of the "path-finder" or honey-guide, the insect does not alight at the centre of the flower, but upon one of the three large drooping sepals, whose veins, converging to the narrow trough above, indicate the path to the nectar.”
“The boys were certain that this was not the animal that had charged them out upon the grass plain, and proof of this was found one day when, in company with their father, the boys were following a honey-guide.”
“It's the honey-guide," cried Dick, watching the twittering little thing as it flew to him and then back, trying hard to draw their attention, and to get them to follow it.”
“You boys must be on the look out for the honey-guide.”
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