Definition of hadada in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːdədɑː/
(also hadeda, hadada ibis)


A large grey-brown African ibis with iridescent patches on the wings and a loud, harsh call.
  • Bostrychia (or Hagedashia) hagedash, family Threskiornithidae.
Example sentences
  • The hadada ibis is surrounded by many legends among African communities.
  • Jo'burgers know hadedas well: they are often woken in the mornings by the loud ha-ha-ha-dahah of the large, dull-grey bird with its striking curved beak.
  • Early-morning dew, mist on the mountains, the usual 3-pack of hadedas flying overhead calling loudly on their way to their day-jobs.


Late 18th century: imitative of its call.

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