Whydah definition

wĭdə, hwĭdə
Any of several African songbirds of the genus Vidua, the male of which grows long, drooping, predominantly black tail feathers during the breeding season.
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Name for various African, black-and-white weaverbirds with distinctive drooping long tail-feathers on males in mating season, suitable as cage birds.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
whydah
Plural:
whydahs

Origin of whydah

  • Probably alteration of widow (bird)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • alteration of the first component of widow bird

    From Wiktionary