from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small greenish birds of the genus Zosterops of Africa, southern Asia, and the Pacific islands, having a narrow ring of white feathers around each eye. Also called silvereye.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of small Old World singing of the genus Zosterops, as Zosterops palpebrosus of India, and Zosterops cœrulescens of Australia. The eyes are encircled by a ring of white feathers, whence the name. Called also bush creeper, and white-eyed tit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as wall-eyed pike (which. see, under pike).
- n. In Great Britain, the white-eyed duck, Nyroca ferruginea or N. leucophthalma. See cut under Nyroca.
- n. In the United States, the white-eyed vireo or greenlet, Vireo noveboracensis. See cut under Vireo.
- n. Any bird of the genus Zosterops; a silver-eye: as, the Indian white-eye, Z. palpebrosus. See cut under Zosterops.
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The Twilight Herald: Lord Bahl is dead and the young white-eye, Isak, stands in his place; less than a year after being plucked from obscurity and poverty the charismatic new Lord of the Farlan finds himself unprepared to deal with the attempt on his life that now spells war, and the possibility of rebellion waiting for him at home.
Isak is interesting to follow in this mostly because of his white-eye temper.
Worse, Isak is a white-eye, born with distinctive eyes, a large frame, unusual strength and an exceedingly quick temper.
Some details here on the Togian white-eye and its discoverer.
I suppose he was sick as mud that a despised white-eye looked like succeeding where he had failed, and while I understood no word, it was obvious he wasn't appearing as prisoner's friend; when he'd done bawling the odds he hurled his hatchet into the ground at my feet.
In the meantime, it was some slight reassurance to find that however unreal and terrifying my plight might seem to me, the tribe were ready to take it for granted, and even be quite hospitable about it, white-eye though I was.
I can close my eyes and hear them tinkling yet, sixty years after, and feel the pine-needles under my knees, and smell the wood smoke mingling with the musky perfume of her hair and the scent of the wild flowers outside her bower ... the soft lips teasing my ear, murmuring "Make my bells ring again, pinda-lickoyee* (* Literally," white-eye "; a white man ....)"
Was it true that she wanted to marry the brute, foreign white-eye and scalp-hunter that he was?
As the book progresses, he is fleshed out...he struggles with his new role, and the limitations of his heritage being a white-eye.
As a white-eye, Isak has had to embrace the darker parts of his own soul, but now the savage religious fervour sweeping his nation must also be accepted and turned to purpose, in the name of survival.