One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several New Guinea songbirds constituting the genus Pitohui, which are large flycatchers resembling shrikes, some of them containing a powerful neurotoxin in the skin and feathers (frequently with distinguishing word); (in form Pitohui) the genus itself.
1950s; earliest use found in Ernest Thomas Gilliard (1912–1965). From scientific Latin Pitohui, genus name from French Pitohoui from Papuan pitohui.
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