American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various small colorful birds of the family Pipridae, found in forests of Central and South America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See manikin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous small birds belonging to Pipra, Manacus, and other genera of the family
Pipridæ. They are mostly natives of Central and South America. Some are bright-colored, and others have the wings and tail curiously ornamented. The name is sometimes applied to related birds of other families.
- n. A dwarf. See manikin.
- n. a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
- n. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
- n. any of numerous small bright-colored birds of Central America and South America having short bills and elaborate courtship behavior
- Probably from manikin (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of manikin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But lance-tailed manakin males cooperate in spectacular courtship displays with unrelated partners.”
“The bird example is the Araripe's manakin (Antilophia bokermanni), a wonderful bird recently discovered on the forest slopes of Chapada do Araripe.”
“Gradually his ear became accustomed to the roar, and, above its mighty undertone, he could hear the whisper of the wind among the shrubs, and the hum of myriad insects; while the rock manakin, with its saffron plumage, flitted before him from stone to stone, calling cheerily, and seeming to lead him on.”
“Recently, he wrote about a little bird called a manakin.”
“When the dominant male at a manakin lek dies, one of the subordinate males who assisted him inherits his position; ditto for the subordinate foundresses at a wasp nest.”
“There was also a tiny soft-tailed woodpecker, no larger than a kinglet; a queer humming-bird with a slightly flexible bill; and many species of ant-thrush, tanager, manakin, and tody.”
“They ranged from party-colored macaws, green parrots, and big gregarious cuckoos down to a brilliant green-and-chestnut kingfisher, five and a quarter inches long, and a tiny orange-and-green manakin, smaller than any bird I have ever seen except a hummer.”
“The prettiest bird was a tiny manakin, coal-black, with a red-and-orange head.”
“The great and good William McKinley, the patient, praying President, was most bitterly assailed, his motives most bitterly impunged and he was called "the puppet president," "the tool," "the manakin.”
“They ranged from party-colored macaws, green parrots, and big gregarious cuckoos down to a brilliant green-and-chestnut kingfisher, five and a quarter inches long, and a tiny orange-and - green manakin, smaller than any bird I have ever seen except a hummer.”
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A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
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in the Century Dictionary definition of 'menhaden' there is a misprint - I speculate- o 'qreen-tailed'for green-tailed. BUT there are alot of odd-tails out there..............
Sir Francis Bacon: "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
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