from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See whydah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of birds in the family Viduidae, incorporating whydahs and widow finches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See whidan bird.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mostly black African weaverbird


From its black plumage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after their usually black plumage. Possibly also because they are brood parasites. (Wiktionary)


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