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red-billed quelea

[red-bild]
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noun
  1. See under quelea.
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Origin of red-billed quelea

First recorded in 1955–60

quelea

[kwee-lee-uh]
noun
  1. any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea (red-billed quelea), noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops.
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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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