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[thruhsh] /θrʌʃ/
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
before 900; Middle English thrusche, Old English thrȳsce; cognate with Old High German drōsca
Related forms
thrushlike, adjective


[thruhsh] /θrʌʃ/
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.
1655-65; akin to Danish tröske, Swedish torsk Unabridged
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  • A thrush sat in the hedge, and she was singing her morning song.

  • However, when you can't get a thrush, eat a blackbird, as the proverb says.

  • 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

    Coningsby Dawson
  • The thrush sang his two syllables on the budding guelder-rose.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Tease a thrush, or even a lark, and you will soon be convinced.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • And when they looked up, who should they see perched on a branch but the thrush.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • The thrush is right, that is the sweetest music that was ever heard in all the world.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • “Oh, it is where it always was, and where it always will be,” said the thrush.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
British Dictionary definitions for thrush


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 Muscicapidae Compare water thrush related adjective turdine
Word Origin
Old English thrӯsce; related to Old High German drōsca; see throstle, throat


  1. 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
  2. another word for sprue1
a softening of the frog of a horse's hoof characterized by degeneration and a thick foul discharge
Word Origin
C17: related to Old Danish törsk, Danish troske
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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thrush in Medicine

thrush (thrŭsh)
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.

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thrush in Science
  1. 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.

  2. A degenerative condition of a horse's foot, usually caused by unhygienic management.

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