phainopepla

noun

phai·​no·​pep·​la
fāˌīnəˈpeplə,
ˌfīn-
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

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek phaeinos shining + peplos robe; akin to Greek phaos, phōs light

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“Phainopepla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phainopepla. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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