One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small tropical American bird of the tyrant flycatcher family, typically with drab greyish or greenish plumage.
Family Tyrannidae: several genera and many species
- ‘Furthermore, Straneck's treatment of an Argentine tyrannulet taxon as referable to S. griseiceps and the resulting revalidation of S. griseiceps are not confirmed.’
- ‘The Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Camptostoma imberbe, is a small passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family.’
- ‘In all most-parsimonious trees, an elevated trabecular plate is homologous in all genera of ‘tyrannulets’ and allies.’
- ‘Empidonax flycatchers have eye rings and lack the supercilium of the tyrannulet.’
- ‘The most popular sulphuric body part is the belly, with bulbuls, flycatchers, tyrannulets, tyrant-manakins, warblers, and whistlers all so named.’
Diminutive based on modern Latin Tyrannus (genus name), from Greek turannos ‘tyrant’.
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