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.
When flying, it seems scarcely larger than a missel Thrush; but it is more slender in shape, and its wings are much longer.
A note is added as to Darwin's statement about the missel and song-thrushes in Scotland.
She would never again feel like a missel thrush with a safe-hidden nest.
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.
missel (probably Frisel or Fraser), in embassy to Norway, 121.
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.
missel, mis′l, n. the largest of the European thrushes—supposed to be fond of the berries of the mistletoe.
In confinement it is treated like the missel thrush, but it is generally only kept as a decoy bird.
Various birds, and particularly the missel thrush, feed upon the berries.
Fac-simile of a miniature from a missel of fifteenth century ornamented with paintings of the School of Van Eyck.