Piping crow shrike
Piping Pip"ing (p[imac]p"[i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. ``Lowing herds and piping swains.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Emitting a high, shrill sound. [1913 Webster]

4. Simmering; boiling; sizzling; hissing; -- from the sound of boiling fluids. [1913 Webster]

{Piping crow}, {Piping crow shrike}, {Piping roller} (Zo["o]l.), any Australian bird of the genus {Gymnorhina}, esp. {Gymnorhina tibicen}, which is black and white, and the size of a small crow. Called also {caruck}.

{Piping frog} (Zo["o]l.), a small American tree frog ({Hyla Pickeringii}) which utters a high, shrill note in early spring.

{Piping hot}, boiling hot; hissing hot; very hot. [Colloq.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • piping crow-shrike — noun crow sized black and white bird; a good mimic often caged • Syn: ↑piping crow, ↑Gymnorhina tibicen • Hypernyms: ↑Australian magpie • Member Holonyms: ↑Gymnorhina, ↑genus Gymnorhina * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Piping crow — Piping Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piping crow — noun crow sized black and white bird; a good mimic often caged • Syn: ↑piping crow shrike, ↑Gymnorhina tibicen • Hypernyms: ↑Australian magpie • Member Holonyms: ↑Gymnorhina, ↑genus Gymnorhina …   Useful english dictionary

  • crow-shrike — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun : any of several Australian butcher birds or currawongs (especially Cracticus nigrogularis, C. torquatus, or Strepera graculina) compare piping crow * * * crowˈ shrike noun A piping crow (see under ↑pipe1) • • • Main Entry: ↑crow …   Useful english dictionary

  • crow-shrike — /ˈkroʊ ʃraɪk/ (say kroh shruyk) noun (formerly) a name applied, with varying distinguishing epithets as black, grey, etc., to various butcherbirds, currawongs, or Australian magpies. See piping shrike. {crow1 + shrike, from the resemblance to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Piping — Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Piping frog — Piping Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Piping hot — Piping Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Piping roller — Piping Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piping shrike — /paɪpɪŋ ˈʃraɪk/ (say puyping shruyk) noun SA the emblematic representation of the white backed subspecies of the Australian magpie, as found on the state badge of SA. Also, piping crow shrike …   Australian English dictionary

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