any of several colorful birds of the family Meropidae, of the Old World tropics, that feed on bees and other insects.
Historical Examples

A toad is discovered near the hives, and forthwith he is executed as a bee-eater.
Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained M. Quinby

Beewolf—that is, bee-eater—is the German name for the woodpecker.
Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore Charles Hardwick

Watch a bee-eater feeding and you will see it take twenty or thirty insects in less than an hour.
Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar

More likely they were bee-eater’s, or may have been snake’s or lizard’s.
The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson

The bee-eater has the two central feathers prolonged and pointed.
Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)

The bee-eater utilises the bill as pickaxe and the feet as ejectors.
A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar

The sand-grouse (Pterocles arenarius) is occasionally found, as also are the eagle and the bee-eater.
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea George Rawlinson

The Australian bee-eater, a bird of attractive plumage, is found all over the northern islets of the Barrier Reef.
Wealth of the World’s Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson

The latter in its endeavour to escape soars into the air, and the bee-eater seizing it becomes the prey of the aërial fisherman.
British Birds in their Haunts Rev. C. A. Johns

The bee-eater, in all lands, carries on a fierce hostility against the wasps which ruin our fruit.
The Bird Jules Michelet

any insectivorous bird of the family Meropidae of tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World, having a long downward-curving bill and long pointed wings and tail: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)


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