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weaverbird

[wee-ver-burd] /ˈwi vərˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of numerous African and Asian finchlike birds of the family Ploceidae, noted for their elaborately woven nests and colonial habits.
Also called weaver finch.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; weaver + bird
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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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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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