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quelea

[kwee-lee-uh] /ˈkwi li ə/
noun
1.
any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea (red-billed quelea) noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops.
Origin of quelea
1925-1930
1925-30; < New Latin: genus name (1850; earlier as a species name), perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea quail
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