drongo


drongo

drongo 1 [drong-goh] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural dron·gos. any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, forked tails. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of drongo 1Borrowed into English from Malagasy around 1835–45 drongo 2 [drong-goh] noun, plural dron·gos. Australian Slang. a stupid or slow-witted person; simpleton. Origin of drongo 2 1920–25; probably to be identified with drongo1, as a name for the Australian bird Dicrurus bracteata; though often popularly alleged to have originated from the name of an unsuccessful racehorse of the 1920s Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for drongo Historical Examples of drongo

  • The drongo cuckoo is as like the king-crow as one pea is to another.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • The drongo appears well adapted at Rota, where it prefers cultivated areas and the bombed village sites to thick woodlands.

    The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3

    Rollin H. Baker

  • The drongo builds earlier, for it is usually feeding its young while the oriole is incubating.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • The drongo cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) is a bird of which I know practically nothing.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • My lack of knowledge of the habits of the drongo cuckoo is, however, not my chief reason for desiring to write about it.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • British Dictionary definitions for drongo drongo noun plural -gos Also called: drongo shrike any insectivorous songbird of the family Dicruridae, of the Old World tropics, having a glossy black plumage, a forked tail, and a stout bill Australian and NZ slang a slow-witted person Australian informal a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force Word Origin for drongo C19: from Malagasy Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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