widowbird
noun Date: 1772 any of several whydahs (genus Euplectes)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • widowbird — [wid′ō bʉrd΄] n. 〚calque of Port viuva, widowbird, lit., widow (< L vidua: see WIDOW): from the resemblance of its dark plumage to a widow s mourning clothes〛 WHYDAH (BIRD) * * * widow bird n. See whydah.   [From its black plumage.] * * * …   Universalium

  • widowbird — [wid′ō bʉrd΄] n. [calque of Port viuva, widowbird, lit., widow (< L vidua: see WIDOW): from the resemblance of its dark plumage to a widow s mourning clothes] WHYDAH (BIRD) …   English World dictionary

  • widowbird — noun 1》 an African weaver bird, the male of which has mainly black plumage and typically a long tail used in leaping displays. [Genus Euplectes: several species.] 2》 another term for whydah …   English new terms dictionary

  • widowbird — /ˈwɪdoʊbɜd/ (say widohberd) noun → whydah. {widow + bird1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Montane Widowbird — Conservation status Least Concern …   Wikipedia

  • Marsh Widowbird — Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdo …   Wikipedia

  • White-winged Widowbird — Taxobox name = White winged Widowbird status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Ploceidae genus = Euplectes species = E. albonotatus binomial = Euplectes albonotatus… …   Wikipedia

  • Red-collared Widowbird — Taxobox name = Red collared Widowbird status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Ploceidae genus = Euplectes species = E. ardens binomial = Euplectes ardens binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Fan-tailed Widowbird — Taxobox name = Fan tailed Widowbird image caption = Female or juvenile Euplectes axillaris phoeniceus status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Ploceidae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • Jackson's Widowbird — Taxobox name = Jackson s Widowbird status = NT | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Ploceidae genus = Euplectes species = E. jacksoni binomial = Euplectes jacksoni binomial… …   Wikipedia

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