- any of various shrikes of the genus Lanius, which impale their prey upon thorns.
- any of several large, carnivorous birds of the genus Cracticus, of Australia and New Guinea, having shrikelike habits.
Origin of butcherbird
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The determination and fierce resolution of the shrike, or butcherbird, despite his small size, is most marked.Nature Near London
- a shrike, esp one of the genus Lanius
- any of several Australian magpies of the genus Cracticus that impale their prey on thorns
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