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drongo1

[drong-goh] /ˈdrɒŋ goʊ/
noun, plural drongos.
1.
any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, forked tails.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Malagasy

drongo2

[drong-goh] /ˈdrɒŋ goʊ/
noun, plural drongos. Australian Slang.
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for drongos

drongo

/ˈdrɒŋɡəʊ/
noun (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.
(Austral & NZ, slang) a slow-witted person
3.
(Austral, informal) a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force
Word Origin
C19: from Malagasy
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Encyclopedia Article for drongos

drongo

any of 20 species of Old World woodland birds constituting the family Dicruridae (order Passeriformes). Drongos frequently attack much larger birds (e.g., hawks and crows) that might hurt their eggs or young; innocuous birds (such as doves and orioles) nest near drongos to gain protection

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