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weav·er / ˈwēvər/ • n. 1. a person who weaves fabric. 2. (also weaver·bird) a finchlike songbird (Ploceus and other genera, family Ploceidae) of tropical Africa and Asia, related to the sparrows. They build elaborately woven nests.


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weaverbird Any of several species of short-billed, often yellow-and-black, finch-like birds that weave complex nests from grass and leaves. The weaverbirds are gregarious insect-eaters of hot, dry areas. The African Ploceus cucullatus knots strands of grass together. Length: to 22cm (7.5in). Family Ploceidae.