red-billed quelea

[red-bild]

noun

See under quelea.

Origin of red-billed quelea

First recorded in 1955–60

quelea

[kwee-lee-uh]

noun

any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea (red-billed quelea), noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops.

Origin of quelea

1925–30; < New Latin: genus name (1850; earlier as a species name), perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea quail
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