One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian warbler with bright yellow underparts.
Hippolais icterina, family Sylviidae
- ‘The Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) is a typical migratory bird, who nests in Europe and the central part of West Asia and winters in Africa.’
- ‘The Icterine warbler lives up high in the trees and is often difficult to spot.’
Mid 19th century: icterine from icterus + -ine.
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