/king"lit/, n.
1. a king ruling over a small country or territory.
2. any of several small, greenish, crested birds of the genus Regulus. Cf. goldcrest, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet.
[1595-1605; KING + -LET]

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 any of six species of small songbirds (songbird) of the family Sylviidae. Although among the smallest of songbirds (weighing less than 10 grams [0.4 ounce]), they are able to survive cold climates and remain exceedingly active by flitting constantly about and flicking their wings open and closed. These round-bodied, short-billed little birds (bird) are usually found in coniferous woodlands (coniferous forest). They make a high-hanging nest of moss bound with cobwebs that is so small that the 5–10 eggs (egg) within may lie in two layers. Kinglets are about 9 cm (3.5 inches) long, with greenish gray body plumage and bright crown marks.

      The golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa) of North America is often considered the same species as the goldcrest (R. regulus) of Eurasia; both have the crown patch—red in males, yellow in females—strikingly bordered with black. The firecrest (R. ignicapillus) of Europe resembles the goldcrest but has a white eyeline, and the flamecrest, or yellow-rumped kinglet (R. goodfellowi), of Taiwan is sometimes considered a subspecies of the firecrest. In the ruby-crowned kinglet (R. calendula) of North America, the crown mark is a mere tick of red, appearing on the male only and usually concealed.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Kinglet — King let, n. 1. A little king; a weak or insignificant king. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of small singing birds of the genus {Regulus} and family {Sylviid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The golden crowned kinglet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kinglet — [kiŋ′lit] n. [see LET] 1. a petty, unimportant king 2. any of several small Old World warblers (genus Regulus) with a bright colored crown, as the golden crowned kinglet ( R. satrapa) of North America: see WARBLER (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • Kinglet — Taxobox name = Kinglets image width = 240px image caption = Goldcrest Regulus regulus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes subordo = Passeri familia = Regulidae genus = Regulus genus authority = Cuvier, 1800… …   Wikipedia

  • kinglet — noun a) A petty king; a king ruling over a small or unimportant territory. Cæsar termeth all the Lords, which in his time had justice in France, to be Kinglets [tr. ], or pettie Kings. b) A bird of the crest family (Regulidae). “My son hears… …   Wiktionary

  • kinglet — /ˈkɪŋlət/ (say kingluht) noun 1. a king ruling over a small country or territory. 2. any of several small birds of the genus Regulus, as the firecrest or the goldcrest of Europe or the golden crowned kinglet, R. satrapa of North America …   Australian English dictionary

  • kinglet — nykštukai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Regulus angl. kinglet vok. Goldhähnchen, n rus. королёк, m pranc. roitelet, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – nykštukiniai siauresnis terminas – auksajuostis nykštukas siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • kinglet — noun Date: 1603 1. a weak or petty king 2. any of several small birds (genus Regulus) that are related to the gnatcatchers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kinglet — king·let || kɪŋlɪt n. king with a small kingdom; type of small bird …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kinglet — noun 1》 chiefly derogatory a minor king. 2》 chiefly N. Amer. a very small warbler of a group that includes the goldcrest. [Genus Regulus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • kinglet — king·let …   English syllables

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