DRONGOS

drongo

1 [drong-goh]
noun, plural drongos.
any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, forked tails.

Origin:
1835–45; < Malagasy

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drongo

2 [drong-goh]
noun, plural drongos. Australian Slang.
a stupid or slow-witted person; simpleton.

Origin:
1920–25; probably to be identified with drongo1, as a name for the Australian bird Dicrurus bracteata; though often popularly alleged to have originated from the name of an unsuccessful racehorse of the 1920s

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drongo (ˈdrɒŋɡəʊ)
 
n , pl -gos
1.  Also called: drongo shrike any insectivorous songbird of the family Dicruridae, of the Old World tropics, having a glossy black plumage, a forked tail, and a stout bill
2.  slang (Austral), (NZ) a slow-witted person
3.  informal (Austral) a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force
 
[C19: from Malagasy]

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