- a songbird referred to in Persian poetry, perhaps a nightingale
- any of a family (Pycnonotidae) of small, dull-colored passerine birds of Asia and Africa
Origin: Pers: probably echoic
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- Any of various passerine, chiefly tropical Old World songbirds of the family Pycnonotidae, having grayish or brownish plumage.
- A songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry and thought to be a nightingale.
Origin: Persian, from Arabic.