[ es-tril-did ]

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

  1. a bird of the family Estrildidae.

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
  • Also es·tril·dine [es-tril-dahyn, -din]. /ˈɛs trɪlˌdaɪn, -dɪn/.

Words Nearby estrildid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023