whyd·​ah ˈ(h)wi-də How to pronounce whydah (audio)
: any of various mostly brownish African passerine birds (genera Euplectes and Vidua) often kept as cage birds and distinguished in the male by black-and-white plumage and by long tail feathers during the breeding season

Examples of whydah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While having a beautiful bird might not seem like much of a problem, the whydah is one of only about 100 parasitic birds in the world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 30 June 2017 The flashy whydah, Vidua macroura, is a native of sub-Saharan Africa. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 30 June 2017 The availability of a host will also determine whether Florida becomes the U.S.’s third whydah population. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 25 Oct. 2017 So Hammer checked with a birder friend who suggested looking up whydahs, which matched what Hammer observed. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 25 Oct. 2017 And in California, scaly-breasted munias have been found feeding young whydahs. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 29 June 2017

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Word History


alteration of widow (bird)

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whydah was in 1783

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“Whydah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whydah. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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