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estrildid

[es-tril-did] /ˈɛs trɪl dɪd/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the family Estrildidae, comprising the grass finches, waxbills, mannikins, and other small finches.
noun
2.
a bird of the family Estrildidae.
Also, estrildine
[es-tril-dahyn, -din] /ˈɛs trɪlˌdaɪn, -dɪn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
< New Latin Estrildidae, equivalent to Estrild(a) the type genus (from the Linnaean specific name Astrild < Swedish: the god of love, literary coinage based on Old Norse ástareldr literally, love-fire; the bird was apparently so named from its red bill) + -idae -id2
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