Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. name for various African, black-and-white weaverbirds with distinctive drooping long tail-feathers on males in mating season, suitable as cage birds

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See whidah, whidahbird.

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

  • n. mostly black African weaverbird

Etymologies

Probably alteration of widow (bird).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
alteration of the first component of widow bird (Wiktionary)

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  • A small African finch of any of several African weaverbirds. Males have long, drooping tail feathers during the breeding season.

    February 14, 2007