Mire drum
Mire Mire, n. [OE. mire, myre; akin to Icel. m?rr swamp, Sw. myra marshy ground, and perh. to E. moss.] Deep mud; wet, spongy earth. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

He his rider from the lofty steed Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{Mire crow} (Zo["o]l.), the pewit, or laughing gull. [Prov. Eng.]

{Mire drum}, the European bittern. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mire-drum — North Country (Newcastle) Words the bittern or bog bumper …   English dialects glossary

  • mire-drum —  a bittern. Norf …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • mire-drum — ˈmī(ə)rˌdrəm noun Etymology: so called from its booming cry dialect England : the European bittern (Botaurus stellaris) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mire — Mire, n. [OE. mire, myre; akin to Icel. m?rr swamp, Sw. myra marshy ground, and perh. to E. moss.] Deep mud; wet, spongy earth. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] He his rider from the lofty steed Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mire crow — Mire Mire, n. [OE. mire, myre; akin to Icel. m?rr swamp, Sw. myra marshy ground, and perh. to E. moss.] Deep mud; wet, spongy earth. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] He his rider from the lofty steed Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire. Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eurasian Bittern — Taxobox name = Eurasian Bittern status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 status ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=49614|title=Botaurus stellaris|downloaded=12 May 2006 Database entry includes justification for why this… …   Wikipedia

  • American bittern — noun A medium sized bittern most commonly found in North America, scientific name Botaurus lentiginosus, known for its resounding calls. Syn: dunkadoo, Indian billet, Indian hen, mire drum, stake driver, thunder pumper See Also: South American… …   Wiktionary

  • buttal —  a bittern. S. Called in the North a MIRE DRUM …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • butter-bump —  a bittern. S. Called in the North a MIRE DRUM …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • morethrumble — obs. variant of mire drum. Trevisa Barth. De P.R. xix. cvi. (1495) 916 …   Useful english dictionary

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