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brown thrasher

a common large songbird, Toxostoma rufum, of the eastern U.S., having reddish-brown plumage.
Also called brown thrush.
Origin of brown thrasher
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I can suggest no other explanation than that he must have learned it from the brown thrasher.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Song suggesting both that of the brown thrasher and the Mockingbird.

  • Across the fields in the early morning I hear some of the rare April birds,—the chewink and the brown thrasher.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • Nesting done, the brown thrasher ceased his long and brilliant solos from the treetops after the first week of July.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
  • I have also heard a robin that sang to perfection the song of the brown thrasher; it had, no doubt, caught it by imitation.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • As I look toward the fields where the first brown thrasher is singing, I see emerald patches of rye.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Then I went cautiously back and caught the robin in the very act of reproducing perfectly the song of the brown thrasher.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • One day in early April as I was riding along the road I heard the song of the brown thrasher.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The brown thrasher sings chiefly just after sunrise and before sunset, but may be heard singing at intervals during the day.

  • His performance would probably have deceived the brown thrasher himself.

    Riverby John Burroughs

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