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white-eye, noun

Origin:
Australian English, AfrikaansShow more Either from Australian English, or translation of Afrikaans witogie, see witogie; see also quotation 1900.
Either of two species of small bird belonging to the genus Zosterops of the Zosteropidae, with white rings around the eyes and predominantly green plumage; witogie.
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Also Australian English.
1867 E.L. Layard Birds of S. Afr. 116The ‘white-eye’ is common throughout the whole of the country.
1987 Fair Lady 18 Feb. 147A small yellow-green White Eye is perched in a tangle of twigs within arm’s reach.
Either of two species of small bird belonging to the genus Zosterops of the Zosteropidae, with white rings around the eyes and predominantly green plumage; witogie.

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