One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating (originally) the bird family Meliphagidae, which includes the honeyeaters of Australasia, or (now) the subfamily Meliphaginae.
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.
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