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also whid·ah (wĭd′ə, hwĭd′ə)
Any of several African songbirds of the genus Vidua, the male of which grows long, drooping, predominantly black tail feathers during the breeding season. Also called widow bird.

[Probably alteration of widow (bird).]
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(ˈwɪdə) or


(Animals) any of various predominantly black African weaverbirds of the genus Vidua and related genera, the males of which grow very long tail feathers in the breeding season. Also called: whydah bird, whidah bird or widow bird
[C18: after the name of a town in Benin]
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(ˈʰwɪd ə, ˈwɪd ə)

1. 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. any of several African weavers of the genus Euplectes, the males of which have similar long tails.
[1775–85; alter. of widow (bird) to make name agree with that of a town in Benin, West Africa]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whydah - mostly black African weaverbirdwhydah - mostly black African weaverbird  
weaver finch, weaverbird, weaver - finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
genus Vidua, Vidua - whydahs
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