American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Vidua, the male of which grows long, drooping, predominantly black tail feathers during the breeding season. Also called widow bird.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See whidah, whidahbird.
- n. name for various African, black-and-white weaverbirds with distinctive drooping long tail-feathers on males in mating season, suitable as cage birds
- n. mostly black African weaverbird
- alteration of the first component of widow bird (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of widow (bird). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Whydah Sea Lab and Learning Center (whydah. com) houses treasures recovered by explorer Barry Clifford from the wreckage of Capt.”
“This bad habit is known of the Old World cuckoos, the American cow - birds, the South American rice grackle (_Cassidix_), and suspected in the pin-tail whydah (_Vidua serena_).”
“The young whydah birds crouch closely together at night for heat.”
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