Definition of phainopepla
1 capitalized : a monotypic genus of passerine birds of Mexico and southwestern U.S. of which the male is uniform glossy blue-black with a white spot on each primary and the female is brownish
2 plural -s : any bird of the genus Phainopepla
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Origin and Etymology of phainopepla
New Latin, from Greek phaeinos shining + peplos robe; akin to Greek phaos, phōs light
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