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[frahy-er-burd] /ˈfraɪ ərˌbɜrd/
any of various Australasian honeyeaters, especially of the genus Philemon.
Also called leatherhead [leth -er-hed] /ˈlɛð ərˌhɛd/ (Show IPA).
Origin of friarbird
1840-50; friar + bird; so called from its tonsured head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He seemed surprised to think you weren't goin' to leatherhead, you say?

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • leatherhead was set to do it, and he goes on neglecting his work.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • Surely such a picture is worthy of being beside Skeltons description of the frowsy ale wife of leatherhead.

    Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell
  • She was then at work on Emma, whom we meet again at leatherhead.

  • Box Hill, however, was seven miles from Highbury, whereas it is only three miles from leatherhead.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • I say, cabby, drive as fast as you can to Waterloo—leatherhead!

  • leatherhead ought to be entered from the west and left by the south.

  • Her brother leatherhead had been ordered to France with his regiment—was probably there.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • I figured her at leatherhead, terrified, in danger, mourning me already as a dead man.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • Since the night of my return from leatherhead I had not prayed.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for leatherhead


another name for friarbird


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


any of various Australian honeyeaters of the genus Philemon, having a naked head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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