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- n. Plural form of hangnest.
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The whole structure bears some resemblance to the nests of the hangnests (Icteridae), with the exception that the cavity is at the top.
On the other hand, how remarkable it is that the only small and brightly coloured birds of our own country in which the male and female are alike -- the tits and starlings -- either build in holes or construct covered nests; while the beautiful hangnests (Icteridae) of South