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[drong-goh] /ˈdrɒŋ goʊ/
noun, plural drongos.
any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, forked tails.
Origin of drongo1
Borrowed into English from Malagasy around 1835-45


[drong-goh] /ˈdrɒŋ goʊ/
noun, plural drongos. Australian Slang.
a stupid or slow-witted person; simpleton.
1920-25; probably to be identified with drongo1, as a name for the Australian bird Dicrurus bracteata; though often popularly alleged to have originated from the name of an unsuccessful racehorse of the 1920s Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The drongo cuckoo is as like the king-crow as one pea is to another.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The drongo appears well adapted at Rota, where it prefers cultivated areas and the bombed village sites to thick woodlands.

  • The drongo builds earlier, for it is usually feeding its young while the oriole is incubating.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The drongo cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) is a bird of which I know practically nothing.

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  • My lack of knowledge of the habits of the drongo cuckoo is, however, not my chief reason for desiring to write about it.

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  • This being so, it is quite unnecessary for me to describe the drongo cuckoo; it is the image of a king-crow.

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  • The drongo is black because it is built that way; its tendency is to produce black feathers.

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  • May not the blackness and the forked tail of the drongo cuckoo have arisen in the same way as they arose in the king-crow?

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  • This drongo was seen in areas where the trees had been cut, sitting on limbs and darting out after insects.

    Birds from North Borneo

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  • On the other hand, a captive Racket-tailed drongo rejected toads when offered to it.

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British Dictionary definitions for drongo


noun (pl) -gos
Also called drongo shrike. any insectivorous songbird of the family Dicruridae, of the Old World tropics, having a glossy black plumage, a forked tail, and a stout bill
(Austral & NZ, slang) a slow-witted person
(Austral, informal) a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force
Word Origin
C19: from Malagasy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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