One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small waxbill of the Old World tropics, typically having brown, black, and white plumage and popular as a pet bird.
Genus Lonchura, family Estrildidae: many speciesCompare with manakin
- ‘Three baby bronze mannikins sit atop their grass nest while mother and father show concern at the entrance perch.’
2variant spelling of manikin
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