Definition of whydah in English:

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whydah

Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)widə/
(also whyda)

noun

An African weaverbird, the male of which has a black back and a very long black tail used in display flight.
  • Genus Vidua, family Ploceidae: several species
Example sentences
  • In particular, female indigobirds might prefer males with long tails like those of male paradise whydahs, perhaps because they retain an ancestral sensory bias.
  • Her daughter, genetically an indigobird, imprinted on her Melba Finch foster parents and then mated with a male paradise whydah mimicking Melba Finch song.
  • In the first, a female paradise whydah mates with a male indigobird (whether by choice or coercion), then lays an egg in a nest of her usual host, Melba Finch.

Origin

Late 18th century (originally widow-bird): alteration by association with Whidah (now Ouidah), a town in Benin.

Words that rhyme with whydah

bidder, consider, Jiddah, kidder

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: whyd·ah

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