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sakabula Line breaks: saka|bula
Pronunciation: /ˌsakəˈbuːlə/

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Definition of sakabula in English:

noun

South African
A widowbird of SE Africa, the mainly black male of which has a very long tail.
  • Euplectes progne, family Ploceidae. Alternative name: long-tailed widowbird
Example sentences
  • Experimental manipulations of tail length proved two decades ago that long tails in male long-tailed widowbirds conferred mating advantages.
  • The word 'Sakabula' comes from the Zulu word for the longtailed widow bird, a word that denotes a 'flirt' or 'show-off'. These birds are prolific in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.
  • Sightings of long tailed sakabula (widow) birds, a glimpse of a jackal or a small clan of donkeys herded by gentle Sotho herdsmen along the open road is not uncommon.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Xhosa and Zulu isakabula.

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