estrildine

estrildid

[es-tril-did] Ornithology.
adjective
1.
of or pertaining 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] .


Origin:
< Neo-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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