from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several small sickle-billed sun-birds of the family Dicœidœ which are peculiar to the Sandwich Islands, as Drepanis pacifica, and especially Vestiaria coccinea, Himatione sanguinea, and H. virens, the plumage of which is used by the islanders in the manufacture of articles of clothing. See cut under Drepanis.


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