Definition of titihoya in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtɪtɪˈhɔɪə/


An African plover related to the lapwing, with a distinctive plaintive cry.
  • Vanellus melanopterus, family Charadridae. Alternative name: black-winged plover
Example sentences
  • The titihoya has deserted the barren land around Ndotsheni, but still cries on the rich farms upland.
  • If one stated this problem in other terms they might interpret the titihoya of Africa as the loon of Minnesota.
  • More than 410 species are represented here, including ten species of heron, cormorants, fish eagles, the rare black-winged plover and saddle-bill storks.


1940s: from Zulu, of imitative origin.

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