Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small colorful birds of the family Pipridae, found in forests of Central and South America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several small, passerine, South American birds of the family Pipridae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous small birds belonging to Pipra, Manacus, and other genera of the family Piprid├Ž. They are mostly natives of Central and South America. Some are bright-colored, and others have the wings and tail curiously ornamented. The name is sometimes applied to related birds of other families.
  • n. A dwarf. See manikin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See manikin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
  • n. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
  • n. any of numerous small bright-colored birds of Central America and South America having short bills and elaborate courtship behavior

Etymologies

Alteration of manikin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from manikin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But lance-tailed manakin males cooperate in spectacular courtship displays with unrelated partners.

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  • The bird example is the Araripe's manakin (Antilophia bokermanni), a wonderful bird recently discovered on the forest slopes of Chapada do Araripe.

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  • Gradually his ear became accustomed to the roar, and, above its mighty undertone, he could hear the whisper of the wind among the shrubs, and the hum of myriad insects; while the rock manakin, with its saffron plumage, flitted before him from stone to stone, calling cheerily, and seeming to lead him on.

    Westward Ho!

  • Recently, he wrote about a little bird called a manakin.

    moonwalking bird

  • When the dominant male at a manakin lek dies, one of the subordinate males who assisted him inherits his position; ditto for the subordinate foundresses at a wasp nest.

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  • There was also a tiny soft-tailed woodpecker, no larger than a kinglet; a queer humming-bird with a slightly flexible bill; and many species of ant-thrush, tanager, manakin, and tody.

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  • They ranged from party-colored macaws, green parrots, and big gregarious cuckoos down to a brilliant green-and-chestnut kingfisher, five and a quarter inches long, and a tiny orange-and-green manakin, smaller than any bird I have ever seen except a hummer.

    V. Up the River of Tapirs

  • The prettiest bird was a tiny manakin, coal-black, with a red-and-orange head.

    VI. Through the Highland Wilderness of Western Brazil

  • The great and good William McKinley, the patient, praying President, was most bitterly assailed, his motives most bitterly impunged and he was called "the puppet president," "the tool," "the manakin."

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  • They ranged from party-colored macaws, green parrots, and big gregarious cuckoos down to a brilliant green-and-chestnut kingfisher, five and a quarter inches long, and a tiny orange-and - green manakin, smaller than any bird I have ever seen except a hummer.

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness

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  • A passerine bird of the family Pipridae of Central and South America. Compare mannikin.

    September 28, 2008