Thresher
Thrasher Thrash"er, Thresher Thresh"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, thrashes grain; a thrashing machine. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A large and voracious shark ({Alopias vulpes}), remarkable for the great length of the upper lobe of its tail, with which it beats, or thrashes, its prey. It is found both upon the American and the European coasts. Called also {fox shark}, {sea ape}, {sea fox}, {slasher}, {swingle-tail}, and {thrasher shark}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A name given to the brown thrush and other allied species. See {Brown thrush}. [1913 Webster]

{Sage thrasher}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Sage}.

{Thrasher whale} (Zo["o]l.), the common killer of the Atlantic. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • thresher — ► NOUN 1) a person or machine that threshes. 2) a shark with a long upper lobe to the tail, used to lash the water to guide its prey …   English terms dictionary

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  • Thresher — Recorded as Thrasher and Thresher, this is an English surname of great antiquity. It is occupational and originates from the Olde English word pryscere meaning to beat or thrash, and used in a transferred sense to describe the action of removing… …   Surnames reference

  • thresher — noun Date: 13th century 1. one that threshes; especially threshing machine 2. thresher shark …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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