Definitions

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  • n. Any bird of the family Dicruridae.
  • n. A fool, an idiot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A passerine bird of the family Dicruridæ. They are usually black with a deeply forked tail. They are natives of Asia, Africa, and Australia; -- called also drongo shrikes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given by Le Vaillant, in the form drongeur, to a South African bird afterward known as the musical drongo, Dicrurus musicus; then extended to the numerous African, Asiatic, and East Indian fly-catching crow-like birds with long forked tails which compose the family Dicruridæ. They are also called drongo-shrikes. The Buchanga atra of India and the further East is an example.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] The generic name of a Madagascan species usually known as Dicrurus or Edolius forficatus. In this sense the quasi-Latin form Drongus is found.

Etymologies

From an Australian racehorse named Drongo, apparently after the bird (specifically, after the spangled drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus). The horse (foaled 1921, retired 1925) ran poorly, and by transference anyone slow-witted or clumsy became a drongo. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Lester smiled. Don't ever join the army.
    Geez, one army's enough.
    She's a good woman, Quick. She's worth two of me.
    But she makes a lousy pasty.
    Go on, you drongo."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 257 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    April 3, 2010

  • Like a person speaking in a second (and third and fourth) language, the drongo was making the very calls the other species would have made if they had been present....before it flew away, the bird mimicked the call of a common predator in the rain forest, the crested serpent eagle....Then it took off in the direction of its flock. We were left speechless. What had we just observed, and why had the drongo behaved that way?
    --Eben Goodale, Amila Salgado and Sarath W. Kotagama, 2008, "Birds of a Different Feather", Natural History 117(6):25.

    June 25, 2008

  • An Aussie gem meaning "slow-witted person". See also galah.

    November 17, 2007