Catbird Cat"bird, n. (Zo["o]l.) An American bird ({Galeoscoptes Carolinensis}), allied to the mocking bird, and like it capable of imitating the notes of other birds, but less perfectly. Its note resembles at times the mewing of a cat. [1913 Webster]

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  • catbird — noun /ˈkatbəːd/ a) Either of two species of American mockingbird relatives, the grey catbird and the black catbird. The catbird’s note exactly resembles the voice of a kitten, that a stranger to it would instantly conclude that such an animal had …   Wiktionary

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  • catbird — /ˈkætbɜd / (say katberd) noun 1. any of various birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, having a call which resembles the mewing of a cat, as the green catbird, Ailuroedus crassirostris, of eastern Australia. 2. → white browed babbler. 3. any of… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • catbird — noun Date: 1709 an American songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) that is dark gray in color with a black cap and reddish coverts under the tail and is related to the mockingbird …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catbird — n. American songbird …   English contemporary dictionary

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