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  • (Zoöl.) See whidan bird.

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

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  • noun mostly black African weaverbird

Etymologies

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

[From its black plumage.]

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Named after their usually black plumage. Possibly also because they are brood parasites.

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