One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large gray-brown African ibis with iridescent patches on the wings and a loud, harsh call.
Bostrychia or 'Hagedashia' hagedash, family Threskiornithidae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Early-morning dew, mist on the mountains, the usual 3-pack of hadedas flying overhead calling loudly on their way to their day-jobs.’
Late 18th century: imitative of its call.
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