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cutthroat weaver Syllabification: cut·throat weav·er
(also cutthroat or cutthroat finch)

Definition of cutthroat weaver in English:


A small, finchlike African bird of the waxbill family, with speckled brown plumage, a conspicuous crimson throat band, and a rufous belly.
  • Amadina fasciata, family Estrildidae
Example sentences
  • Cut throat finches are shades of light brown with black flecks all-over.
  • Cutthroat finches breed easily, and fast!

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