from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An African weaverbird of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea, a small red-billed bird that is extremely destructive to grain crops.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The crimson-beaked weaver-bird of Africa.
- n. [capitalized] [NL. (Reichenbach, 1850).] A genus of African weaver-birds or Ploceidæ, containing such species as the above, Q. sanguinirostris.
New Latin Quelea, genus name, perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea, quail, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *coacula, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)