any of a large family (Thraupidae) of small, New World passerine birds: the males usually are brilliantly colored
Origin of tanagerModern Latin tanagra ; from Portuguese tángara ; from Tupí tangara
- Any of various songbirds of the family Thraupidae of the Americas, often having brightly colored plumage in the male.
- Any of various similar birds of the family Cardinalidae, such as the scarlet tanager.
Origin of tanagerNew Latin tanagra, alteration of Portuguese tangará, from Tupí tanagorá.
(plural tanagers) Tanager on Wikipedia.