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  1. any of various Australasian honeyeaters, especially of the genus Philemon.

Origin of friarbird

1840–50; friar + bird; so called from its tonsured head
Also called leath·er·head [leth-er-hed] /ˈlɛð ərˌhɛd/.
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Examples from the Web for leatherhead

Historical Examples

  • All I know is that the very name 'Leatherhead' turned her whiter than she has been for a week.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He seemed surprised to think you weren't goin' to Leatherhead, you say?

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He lived, however, at Leatherhead, Slinfold being a sinecure.

  • Leatherhead was set to do it, and he goes on neglecting his work.

    First in the Field

    George Manville Fenn

  • Last of the villages on the road from Guildford to Leatherhead is Fetcham.

British Dictionary definitions for leatherhead


  1. another name for friarbird


  1. a town in S England, in Surrey. Pop: 42 885 (2001)


  1. any of various Australian honeyeaters of the genus Philemon, having a naked head
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