Whidah bird
Whidah bird Whid"ah bird`, (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of finchlike birds belonging to the genus {Vidua}, native of Asia and Africa. In the breeding season the male has very long, drooping tail feathers. Called also {vida finch}, {whidah finch}, {whydah bird}, {whydah finch}, {widow bird}, and {widow finch}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Some of the species are often kept as cage birds, especially {Vidua paradisea}, which is dark brownish above, pale buff beneath, with a reddish collar around the neck. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • whidah bird — or whidah finch, = whidah. (Cf. ↑whidah) …   Useful english dictionary

  • whidah (bird) — or whidah [hwid′ə, wid′ə] n. WHYDAH (BIRD) * * * …   Universalium

  • whidah (bird) — or whidah [hwid′ə, wid′ə] n. WHYDAH (BIRD) …   English World dictionary

  • whidah (bird) — or whidah [hwid′ə, wid′ə] n. WHYDAH (BIRD) …   English World dictionary

  • Paradise whidah bird — Paradise Par a*dise (p[a^]r [.a]*d[imac]s), n. [OE. & F. paradis, L. paradisus, fr. Gr. para deisos park, paradise, fr. Zend pairida[=e]za an inclosure; pairi around (akin to Gr. peri ) + diz to throw up, pile up; cf. Skr. dih to smear, and E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whidah finch — Whidah bird Whid ah bird , (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of finchlike birds belonging to the genus {Vidua}, native of Asia and Africa. In the breeding season the male has very long, drooping tail feathers. Called also {vida finch},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whidah finch — whidah bird or whidah finch, = whidah. (Cf. ↑whidah) …   Useful english dictionary

  • whidah — /ˈwɪdə/ (say widuh) noun → whydah. Also, whidah bird …   Australian English dictionary

  • whydah bird — Whidah bird Whid ah bird , (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of finchlike birds belonging to the genus {Vidua}, native of Asia and Africa. In the breeding season the male has very long, drooping tail feathers. Called also {vida finch},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • widow bird — Whidah bird Whid ah bird , (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of finchlike birds belonging to the genus {Vidua}, native of Asia and Africa. In the breeding season the male has very long, drooping tail feathers. Called also {vida finch},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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