or whid·ah

[ hwid-uh, wid-uh ]
/ ˈʰwɪd ə, ˈwɪd ə /


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

1775–85; alteration of widow (bird) to make name agree with that of a town in Benin, West Africa, one of its haunts
Also called widow bird.
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/ (ˈwɪdə) /


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

Word Origin for whydah

C18: after the name of a town in Benin
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