Definition of bokmakierie
: a short-winged shrike (Telophorus zeylonus) of southern Africa
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of bokmakierie
borrowed from Afrikaans, of imitative origin ◆The species is known for male-female duetting; by tradition, bok is the call of the male bird, and makierie the immediate response of the female. The word is apparently recorded first in English, as beckbecary (1831); closer to Afrikaans is bokmakary, recorded by the English bird artist Christopher Webb Smith in the later 1830’s. See Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles (Oxford, 1996), Etimologiewoordeboek van Afrikaans (electronic edition, Stellenbosch, 2003).
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up bokmakierie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).