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A bird of the American genus Parula of small wood warblers (family Parulidae), typically having a bluish back and yellow breast; specifically (more fully "northern parula") P. americana.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Auk. From scientific Latin Parula, genus name from post-classical Latin parula, variant (in 8th-cent. MSS) of parrula coal tit (in glossaries, probably 6th-cent. or earlier) from classical Latin parra + -ula.
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