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weaver

[wee-ver] /ˈwi vər/
noun
1.
a person who weaves.
2.
a person whose occupation is weaving.
3.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English wevere. See weave, -er1

Weaver

[wee-ver] /ˈwi vər/
noun
1.
James Baird, 1833–1912, U.S. politician: congressman 1879–81, 1885–89.
2.
Robert Clifton, 1907–97, U.S. economist and government official: first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1966–68.
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  • As long as a weaver's beam was each of her two shins, and they were as dark as the back of a stag-beetle.
  • Lesser-masked weaver bathing next to a beautiful lily.
  • His products are as needful as those of the baker or the weaver.
  • weaver ants, for example, have a distinct bimodal size distribution.
British Dictionary definitions for weaver

weaver

/ˈwiːvə/
noun
1.
a person who weaves, esp as a means of livelihood
2.
short for weaverbird

weaverbird

/ˈwiːvəˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any small Old World passerine songbird of the chiefly African family Ploceidae, having a short thick bill and a dull plumage and building covered nests: includes the house sparrow and whydahs
2.
Also called weaver finch. any similar bird of the family Estrilidae, of warm regions of the Old World: includes the waxbills, grassfinches, and Java sparrow
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Word Origin and History for weaver
n.

mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from weave (v.).

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Encyclopedia Article for weaver

any of a number of small finchlike birds of the Old World, or any of several related birds that are noted for their nest-building techniques using grass stems and other plant fibres. They are particularly well-known for their roofed nests, which in some African species form complex, hanging woven chambers. Many species of weavers are highly gregarious.

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