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Old English mistel "basil, mistletoe," from Proto-Germanic *mikhstilaz (cf. Old Saxon mistil, Dutch mistel, Old High German mistil, German Mistel, Swedish mistel), of unknown origin.

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  • Various birds, and particularly the missel thrush, feed upon the berries.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • A note is added as to Darwin's statement about the missel and song-thrushes in Scotland.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • missel (probably Frisel or Fraser), in embassy to Norway, 121.

  • If he likes, he may take hold of the feet of a looser and compel him to walk on his hands to secure this missel.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • missel, mis′l, n. the largest of the European thrushes—supposed to be fond of the berries of the mistletoe.

  • missel, a good flyer, was outfought by three opponents and slid home with a dead observer, limp and smiling in the fuselage.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • When flying, it seems scarcely larger than a missel Thrush; but it is more slender in shape, and its wings are much longer.

  • This has been compared to the scream of the missel Thrush; but Macgillivray says it seems to him more like the croak of a frog.

  • She would never again feel like a missel thrush with a safe-hidden nest.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • No wonder he thought our robin inferior in power to the missel thrush, in variety to the mavis, and in melody to the blackbird!

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

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