- any of numerous, medium-sized songbirds of the family Turdinae, usually dull brown and often speckled below, and including many outstanding singers.
- any of various superficially similar birds, as the water thrushes.
- Slang. a female professional singer, especially of popular songs.
Origin of thrush1
- Pathology. a disease, especially in children, characterized by whitish spots and ulcers on the membranes of the mouth, fauces, etc., caused by a parasitic fungus, Candida albicans.
- Veterinary Pathology. (in horses) a diseased condition of the frog of the foot.
Origin of thrush2
Examples from the Web for thrush
Its authors speculate that kombucha “may be very healthful” in combating yeast infections, thrush, and other forms of candidiasis.Is Celebrity Favorite Kombucha Really a Health and Anti-Aging Cure?
February 28, 2012
A thrush sat in the hedge, and she was singing her morning song.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
However, when you can't get a thrush, eat a blackbird, as the proverb says.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
No amount of hushing has any effect; you might just as well hush a blackbird or a thrush.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
He was talking with her in an English garden and a thrush was singing overhead.Murder Point
The thrush sang his two syllables on the budding guelder-rose.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- any songbird of the subfamily Turdinae, esp those having a brown plumage with a spotted breast, such as the mistle thrush and song thrush: family MuscicapidaeCompare water thrush Related adjective: turdine
- a fungal disease of the mouth, esp of infants, and the genitals, characterized by the formation of whitish spots and caused by infection with the fungus Candida albicans
- another word for sprue 1
- a softening of the frog of a horse's hoof characterized by degeneration and a thick foul discharge
Word Origin and History for thrush
type of songbird, Old English þyrsce (related to throstle), from Proto-Germanic *thruskjon (cf. Old Norse þröstr, Norwegian trost, Old High German drosca), from PIE *trozdo- (cf. Latin turdus, Lithuainian strazdas "thrush," Middle Irish truid, Welsh drudwy "starling," Old Church Slavonic drozgu, Russian drozdu).
throat disease, 1660s, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian, Danish trøske, Swedish torsk), but its roots and original meaning are unclear.
- A contagious disease caused by a fungus, Candida albicans, that occurs most often in infants and children, characterized by small whitish eruptions on the mouth, throat, and tongue, and usually accompanied by fever, colic, and diarrhea.
- An infectious disease, caused by the fungus Candida albicans, characterized by small whitish eruptions on the mouth, throat, and tongue, and sometimes accompanied by fever, colic, and diarrhea. Thrush is most often seen in infants, children, and people with impaired immune systems.
- A degenerative condition of a horse's foot, usually caused by unhygienic management.