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[drong-goh] /ˈdrɒŋ goʊ/
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 of drongo1
1835-45; < Malagasy


[drong-goh] /ˈdrɒŋ goʊ/
noun, plural drongos. Australian Slang.
a stupid or slow-witted person; simpleton.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The drongo is black because it is built that way; its tendency is to produce black feathers.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The drongo builds earlier, for it is usually feeding its young while the oriole is incubating.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The drongo appears well adapted at Rota, where it prefers cultivated areas and the bombed village sites to thick woodlands.

  • My lack of knowledge of the habits of the drongo cuckoo is, however, not my chief reason for desiring to write about it.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The drongo cuckoo is as like the king-crow as one pea is to another.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • May not the blackness and the forked tail of the drongo cuckoo have arisen in the same way as they arose in the king-crow?

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The drongo cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) is a bird of which I know practically nothing.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • This drongo was seen in areas where the trees had been cut, sitting on limbs and darting out after insects.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • This being so, it is quite unnecessary for me to describe the drongo cuckoo; it is the image of a king-crow.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • On the other hand, a captive Racket-tailed drongo rejected toads when offered to it.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for drongo


noun (pl) -gos
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
(Austral & NZ, slang) a slow-witted person
(Austral, informal) a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force
Word Origin
C19: from Malagasy
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