Definition of hadada in English:

hadada

(also hadeda, hadada ibis)

noun

  • A large grey-brown African ibis with iridescent patches on the wings and a loud, harsh call.

    • ‘The hadada ibis is surrounded by many legends among African communities.’
    • ‘Flying in from the top of the canvas were three or four hadedas.’
    • ‘Jo'burgers know hadedas well: they are often woken in the mornings by the loud ha-ha-ha-dahah of the large, dull-grey bird with its striking curved beak.’
    • ‘It's not every day that I wake up to the calls of hadada ibis, or to the sight of a giraffe peering at me through the trees.’
    • ‘Early-morning dew, mist on the mountains, the usual 3-pack of hadedas flying overhead calling loudly on their way to their day-jobs.’

Origin

Late 18th century: imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

hadada

/ˈhɑːdədɑː/