Messenger bird
Messenger Mes"sen*ger, n. [OE. messager, OF. messagier, F. messager. See {Message}.] 1. One who bears a message; the bearer of a verbal or written communication, notice, or invitation, from one person to another, or to a public body; specifically, an office servant who bears messages. [1913 Webster]

2. One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells. [1913 Webster]

Yon gray lines That fret the clouds are messengers of day. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A hawser passed round the capstan, and having its two ends lashed together to form an endless rope or chain; -- formerly used for heaving in the cable. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) A person appointed to perform certain ministerial duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take charge of the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent. --Bouvier. Tomlins. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Carrier; intelligencer; courier; harbinger; forerunner; precursor; herald. [1913 Webster]

{Messenger bird}, the secretary bird, from its swiftness. [1913 Webster]


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