weaverbird

[wee-ver-burd]

Origin of weaverbird

First recorded in 1820–30; weaver + bird
Also called weaver finch.
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British Dictionary definitions for weaverbird

weaverbird

weaver

noun
  1. any small Old World passerine songbird of the chiefly African family Ploceidae, having a short thick bill and a dull plumage and building covered nests: includes the house sparrow and whydahs
  2. Also called: weaver finch any similar bird of the family Estrilidae, of warm regions of the Old World: includes the waxbills, grassfinches, and Java sparrow
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