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estrildid

[es-tril-did]Ornithology
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the family Estrildidae, comprising the grass finches, waxbills, mannikins, and other small finches.
noun
  1. a bird of the family Estrildidae.
Also es·tril·dine [es-tril-dahyn, -din] /ˈɛs trɪlˌdaɪn, -dɪn/.

Origin of estrildid

< New Latin Estrildidae, equivalent to Estrild(a) the type genus (from the Linnaean specific name Astrild < Swedish: the god of love, literary coinage based on Old Norse ástareldr literally, love-fire; the bird was apparently so named from its red bill) + -idae -id2
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