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

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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History and Etymology for phainopepla

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

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“Phainopepla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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