from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any of several usually brightly-colored Australian weaverbirds; they are often kept as cage birds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A granivorous fringilline bird; any one of sundry species of Fringillidœ that live in the grass or feed on grass-seeds.
- n. One of various small old-world birds of the family Ploceidœ, and of the genera Spermestes, Amadina, and others.
- n. In Australia, any of the small finches of the genus Poephila.
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- n. usually brightly-colored Australian weaverbirds; often kept as cage birds
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