1. Any of various songbirds of the family Thraupidae of the Americas, often having brightly colored plumage in the male.
2. Any of various similar birds of the family Cardinalidae, such as the scarlet tanager.
[New Latin tanagra, alteration of Portuguese tangará, from Tupí tanagorá.]
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