Definition of meliphagine in English:

meliphagine

adjective

Ornithology
  • Of, relating to, or designating (originally) the bird family Meliphagidae, which includes the honeyeaters of Australasia, or (now) the subfamily Meliphaginae.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ibis: a quarterly journal of ornithology. From scientific Latin Meliphaga + -ine. In later use influenced by scientific Latin Meliphaginae, subfamily name.

Pronunciation

meliphagine

/mɛˈlɪfədʒɪn/