Definition of rooibekkie in English:

rooibekkie

(also rooibeckie, roodebekje, rooibekje)

noun

South African
  • Either of two finch-like songbirds with red bills, the common or St Helena waxbill, Estrilda astrild (family Estrildidae), and (more fully "king rooibekkie") the pin-tailed whydah, Vidua macroura (family Ploceidae).

Origin

Late 18th century. From South African Dutch roodebekje, roodbeckje, (in late sources) rooibekkie from Dutch roode + bekje little beak. In some forms directly from Afrikaans rooibekkie.

Pronunciation

rooibekkie

/ˈrɔɪbɛki/