phainopepla

noun phai·no·pep·la \fāˌīnəˈpeplə, ˌfīn-\

Definition of phainopepla

  1. 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. 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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