Definition of dioch in English:



  • A quelea (weaver bird).

    • ‘The Anti-Locust Research Centre now regards the menace of the black-faced dioch as a crop pest over two million square miles of Africa as serious enough for it to transfer resources from insect control to studying the 'feathered locust' as this species is called.’
    • ‘The grassy stratum is made up principally of a number of species of Gramineae whose seeds constitute the staple food of the adult Black-faced Diochs all the year around.’
    • ‘The Blackfaced Dioch is a typical bird of the semi-arid (Sahelo- Sudanese) zone.’


Late 19th century: probably a local African name.