widow bird

Origin of widow bird

1765–75; translation of New Latin Vidua, name of the genus (Latin: widow). See whydah
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Historical Examples of widow bird

  • It seems to be what is called the widow-bird, and is formidable to the kite.

    The History of Sumatra

    William Marsden


British Dictionary definitions for widow bird

widow bird

noun
  1. another name for whydah
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