shrike
noun Etymology: perhaps from Middle English *shrik, from Old English scrīc thrush; akin to Middle English shriken to shriek Date: 1544 any of numerous usually largely gray or brownish oscine birds (family Laniidae) that have a hooked bill, feed chiefly on insects, and often impale their prey on thorns

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(Lanius excubitor)


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  • Shrike — Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill, toothed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrike — O.E. scric thrush, lit. bird with a shrill call, probably echoic of its cry and related to SHRIEK (Cf. shriek) (Cf. O.N. skrikja shrieker, shrike ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrike — [shrīk] n. [via dial. < OE scric, thrush, shrike, akin to ME schriken, SHRIEK] any of a family (Laniidae) of predatory, shrill voiced passerine birds with hooked beaks, gray, black, and white plumage, and long tails: most types feed on insects …   English World dictionary

  • Shrike — ist der englische Name der Würger (Laniidae), einer Vogelfamilie aus der Ordnung der Sperlingsvögel (Passeriformes) der Name einer US amerikanischen taktische Luft Boden Rakete der Name einer Figur in einem Romanzyklus von Dan Simmons …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shrike — ► NOUN ▪ a predatory songbird with a hooked bill, often impaling its prey on thorns. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • Shrike — Taxobox name = Shrikes image caption = Loggerhead Shrike regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes subordo = Passeri familia = Laniidae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = * Lanius * Eurocephalus * Corvinella… …   Wikipedia

  • shrike — /shruyk/, n. 1. any of numerous predaceous oscine birds of the family Laniidae, having a strong, hooked, and toothed bill, feeding on insects and sometimes on small birds and other animals: the members of certain species impale their prey on… …   Universalium

  • shrike — ant·shrike; shrike; …   English syllables

  • Shrike — Запуск ракеты «Шрайк» с самолёта Дуглас A 4C «Скайхок» AGM 45 «Шрайк» (англ. AGM 45 Shrike)  американская ракета для подавления радиоизлучающих целей противника (радаров). Разработана Центром морских технологий в Чайна Лейк в 1963 году. За основу …   Википедия

  • shrike — noun Any of various passerine birds of the family Laniidae which are known for their habit of catching other birds and small animals and impaling the uneaten portions of their bodies on thorns …   Wiktionary

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