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estrildid

[ es-tril-did ]
/ ˈɛs trɪl dɪd /
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adjective

of or relating to the family Estrildidae, comprising the grass finches, waxbills, mannikins, and other small finches.

noun

a bird of the family Estrildidae.

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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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