from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
In many ways and attributes the drongo is a character.
Having heard of the melancholy effects of over-indulgence in melaleuca nectar, I was not at all disposed to judge of the misbehaviour harshly or to take personal offence; for the drongo is a respectable bird, and the opportunities for excess come but twice a year.
The following week ABC Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes called Newman a "drongo", and said that "in a week when another ugly attack on Indian students has again put the international spotlight on racism in Australia, surely we can do without garbage like that".
If he is to be replaced, it'll be by another so called New Labour drongo (Milliband i suspect) who will probably be forced to hold a lose a General Election.
The greater racket-tailed drongo mimics the songs of other birds.
Aldabran drongo Dicrurus aldabranus (approximately 1,500 individuals) is also an endemic species which inhabits scrub, mangrove and casuarina areas.
“Aussie slang: drongo – a stupid, inept, awkward or embarrassing person, a dimwit or slow-witted person”
I may have to work the word “drongo” into future posts.
If you know of other synonyms for “dumb ass” or “drongo” post them in the comments – especially if they are foreign words or slang!
Also, the introduction of the black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus), a passerine bird native to Africa, Asia, and Australia, has been implicated in the rapid decline of the Rota bridled white-eye (Zosterops rotensis).