Thrush
Thrush Thrush, n. [OE. [thorn]rusche, AS. [thorn]rysce; akin to OHG. drosca, droscea, droscela, and E. throstle. Cf. {Throstle}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of singing birds belonging to {Turdus} and allied genera. They are noted for the sweetness of their songs. [1913 Webster]

Note: Among the best-known European species are the song thrush or throstle ({Turdus musicus}), the missel thrush (see under {Missel}), the European redwing, and the blackbird. The most important American species are the wood thrush ({Turdus mustelinus}), Wilson's thrush ({Turdus fuscescens}), the hermit thrush (see under {Hermit}), Swainson's thrush ({Turdus Alici[ae]}), and the migratory thrush, or American robin (see {Robin}). [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of singing birds more or less resembling the true thrushes in appearance or habits; as the thunderbird and the American brown thrush (or thrasher). See {Brown thrush}. [1913 Webster]

{Ant thrush}. See {Ant thrush}, {Breve}, and {Pitta}.

{Babbling thrush}, any one of numerous species of Asiatic timaline birds; -- called also {babbler}.

{Fruit thrush}, any species of bulbul.

{Shrike thrush}. See under {Shrike}.

{Stone thrush}, the missel thrush; -- said to be so called from its marbled breast.

{Thrush nightingale}. See {Nightingale}, 2.

{Thrush tit}, any one of several species of Asiatic singing birds of the genus {Cochoa}. They are beautifully colored birds allied to the tits, but resembling thrushes in size and habits.

{Water thrush}. (a) The European dipper. (b) An American warbler ({Seiurus Noveboracensis}). [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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