northern butcher bird
butcher bird utcher bird, butcher-bird utcher-bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo["o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Zo["o]l.) large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrikelike habit of impaling prey on thorns. [WordNet 1.5]

Note: The {Lanius excubitor} is the common butcher bird of Europe. In England, the bearded tit is sometimes called the {lesser butcher bird}. The American species are {Lanius borealis}, or {northern butcher bird}, and {Lanius Ludovicianus} or {loggerhead shrike}. The name butcher bird is derived from its habit of suspending its prey impaled upon thorns, after killing it. [1913 Webster]


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  • butcher bird — utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large carnivorous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butcher-bird — utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large carnivorous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butcher-bird — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: so called from their habit of impaling their prey on thorns : any of various shrikes: as a. : a member of the genus Lanius (especially the common European species L. excubitor and in America the northern shrike L.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lesser butcher bird — butcher bird utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • northern shrike — noun a butcherbird of northern North America • Syn: ↑Lanius borealis • Hypernyms: ↑butcherbird * * * noun : a shrike (Lanius borealis) occurring in northern No. America called also butcher bird * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • butcherbird — butcher bird utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lanius borealis — butcher bird utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lanius excubitor — butcher bird utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lanius Ludovicianus — butcher bird utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loggerhead shrike — butcher bird utcher bird, butcher bird utcher bird, butcherbird utcherbird . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any species of shrike of the genus {Lanius}, so called because they impale their prey on thorns. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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