bully, noun

Origin:
Etymology unknown.
obs.
The canary Serinus sulphuratus of the Fringillidae; geel sysie, see sysie sense b. Also attributive.
Note:
In G.L. Maclean’s Roberts' Birds of Sn Afr. (1993), the name ‘bully canary’ is used for S. sulphuratus.
1908 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 84The Large Yellow Seedeater (Serinus sulphuratus), the ‘Geel-seisje’ and ‘Bully’ of the Colonial boys.
The canary Serinus sulphuratus of the Fringillidae; geel sysie, see sysieb. Also attributive.

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