thrush
I. noun Etymology: Middle English thrusche, from Old English thrysce; akin to Old English throstle thrush, Old High German droscala, Latin turdus Date: before 12th century any of numerous small or medium-sized birds of an oscine family (Turdidae, the thrush family) or in some classifications a subfamily (Turdinae of the family Muscicapidae) which are mostly of a plain color often with spotted underparts and many of which are excellent singers II. noun Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish trøske thrush, Swedish torsk Date: 1665 1. a disease that is caused by a fungus (Candida albicans), occurs especially in infants and children, and is marked by white patches in the oral cavity; broadly candidiasis <
vaginal thrush
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2. a suppurative disorder of the feet in various animals (as a horse)

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  • Thrush — Thrush, n. [Akin to Dan. tr[ o]ske, Sw. trosk; cf. Dan. t[ o]r dry, Sw. torr, Icel. [thorn]urr, AS. [thorn]yrr, OE. thrust thrist, E. thrist.] 1. (Med.) An affection of the mouth, fauces, etc., common in newly born children, characterized by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • thrush — [ θrʌʃ ] noun 1. ) count a brown bird that has spots on its front 2. ) uncount an infectious disease in which you have white spots inside your mouth a ) an infectious disease in which a white substance is produced inside a woman s VAGINA …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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