Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of shrike-like birds of Madagascar. The name was applied by Lesson in 1831 to the African shrikes often called
Malaconotus, and by Swainson in 1837 to certain shrike-like birds of Australia. It has lately been adopted by G. R. Gray in its original acceptation. As originally or very early used by Burton, and as generically retained by Cuvier, it applied especially to Lanius curvirostris (Gmelin) of Madagascar.
- n. [lowercase] A shrike of the genus Vanga; the hook-billed shrike, V. curvirostris, or the rufous shrike, V. rufa—both of Madagascar.
“Another, the recently described red-shouldered vanga, is known only from the Toliara region.”
“The red-shouldered vanga and long-tailed ground roller are recorded as "Vulnerable" species on the recent IUCN Red List of Threatened species.”
“A new species of vanga (Vangidae) from southwestern Madgascar.”
“The only acceptable form is vangyache kaap vanga is the Marathi word for eggplant and so I knew exactly what my entry for this event would be.”
“-- A cinchonaceous plant, the fruits of which are eaten in Madagascar under the name of Voa-vanga.”
“The government's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee has cleared the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) brinjal (eggplant, aubergine or baingan, known variously as vanga, vangi and begun).”
“The nocturnal aye-aye, for instance, has a long, skeletal middle finger that enables it to retrieve grubs from inside trees; the hook-billed vanga evolved a curved bill for a similar reason, while the horned-leaf chameleon can change color to match the dead leaves on the floor of western Madagascar's dry deciduous forest.”
“Several bird species are confined to the western forests, have limited or disjunct ranges, in some cases associated with habitat fragmentation including Van Dam’s vanga (Xenopirostris damii), and white-breasted mesite (Mesitornis variegata).”
“Ashwini what a maharashtrian writing :) This is how exactly each and every maharashtrian wedding takes place :) I just love the marathi shadi food with typical waran bhat then masale bhat with aloo chi bhaji, or vanga batata rassa and jalebi.”
“adds a splash of color and is great for everyday use" gimmeryce311 said: somehow i read vanga as vagina mastavic said: Is this chair comfortable at all?”
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