- any of several gray, black, and white songbirds of the genus Mimus, especially M. polyglottos, of the U.S. and Mexico, noted for their ability to mimic the songs of other birds.
- any of various related or similar birds, as Melanotis caerulescens (blue mockingbird), of Mexico.
Origin of mockingbird
1670–80, Americanism; mocking + bird
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In this country the mockingbird is the only regular night-singer we have.Fresh Fields
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He is a fine singer, and has been called the French mockingbird.
Sometimes it is hard to tell his song from the mockingbird's.
After that I was fly-catcher every day till he learned to like mockingbird food.
- Australian any American songbird of the family Mimidae, having a long tail and grey plumage: noted for their ability to mimic the song of other birds
- a small scrub bird, Atrichornis rufescens, noted for its mimicry
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Word Origin and History for mockingbird
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