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 Widow (in Hudibras).Widow’s Cap. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Widow Bird.
 
A corruption of Whydaw bird. So called from the country of Whydaw, in Western Africa. The blunder is perpetuated in the scientific name given to the genus, which is the Latin Vid’ua, a widow.   1
 


 Widow (in Hudibras).Widow’s Cap. 

 
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