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mistle thrush

[mis-uh l] /ˈmɪs əl/
a large, European thrush, Turdus viscivorus, that feeds on the berries of the mistletoe.
Also called missel thrush.
Origin of mistle thrush
1765-75; obsolete mistle (Old English mistel) mistletoe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mistle thrush
Historical Examples
  • The range of the mistle thrush extends as far as the Himalayas.

  • But for the moment it might be possible, it is true, to mistake the mistle thrush for the more common song-thrush.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
British Dictionary definitions for mistle thrush

mistle thrush

a large European thrush, Turdus viscivorus, with a brown back and spotted breast, noted for feeding on mistletoe berries
Word Origin
C18: from Old English mistelmistletoe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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