coly

noun

co·​ly
ˈkōlē
plural -es
: any of a small group of fruit-eating African birds with long tails and soft somewhat hairy grayish brown plumage comprising the genus Colius (family Coliidae) and ranking as a distinct order (Coliiformes)

called also mousebird

Word History

Etymology

New Latin colius, probably from Greek kolios green woodpecker

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“Coly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coly. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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