One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various African songbirds, including West African babblers now in the genus Illadopsis (family Timaliidae), and robin-like chats now in the genus Sheppardia (family Muscicapidae), chiefly of East Africa.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Ibis: a quarterly journal of ornithology. From Bulu àkálát kind of babbler.
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