from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of Nectariniidæ with falcate mandibles, characteristic of the Friendly and Sandwich islands, sometimes giving name to a subfamily Drepaninæ; the sickle-billed sunbirds.
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- noun a genus of Drepanididae
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(The apus is to be seen at all seasons, but the drepanis only after rainy weather in summer; for this is the time when it is seen and captured, though, as a general rule, it is a rare bird.)
This little bird is powerful on the wing; and, as a rule, birds that resemble it are weak-footed and strong winged, such as the swallow and the drepanis or (?)