whydah

whydah
whyd•ah
[[t]ˈ(h)wɪd ə, ˈwɪd ə[/t]] n.
1) orn any of several African finches of the subfamily Viduinae (family Estrildidae), the males of which grow long central tail feathers during the breeding season
2) orn any of several African weavers of the genus Euplectes, the males of which have similar long tails
Etymology: 1775–85; alter. of widow (bird) to make name agree with that of a town in Benin, West Africa

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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