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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 of drongo1
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 drongo

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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