- any of several small African finches of the subfamily Viduinae, the males of which have elongated, drooping tail feathers during the breeding season.
- any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Euplectes, the males of which have similar long tails.
Origin of whydah
Also called widow bird.
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And the story I have to tell places it at Whydah, between the two.
He became the richest trader in Whydah, a special favourite with the natives.
It should be noted, however, that their size generally exceeds that of the largest serpents which Dr. Rpin saw at Whydah.The Desert World
Residents at Whydah do not commonly explore the bush, but he was young and enterprising.
All the Europeans in Whydah were there, with the Viceroy himself, and the head fetich man.
- any of various predominantly black African weaverbirds of the genus Vidua and related genera, the males of which grow very long tail feathers in the breeding seasonAlso called: whydah bird, whidah bird, widow bird
C18: after the name of a town in Benin
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