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veery

[veer-ee] /ˈvɪər i/
noun, plural veeries.
1.
a thrush, Catharus fuscescens, common in the eastern and northern U.S., noted for its song.
Also called Wilson's thrush.
Origin of veery
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; perhaps veer1 + -y2
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Examples from the Web for veery
Historical Examples
  • There I found our third veery nest, the mother bird sitting.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • It is commonly thought to be difficult to get close to the veery.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • "We'll try the song just once more," little Mr. veery told them.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Arthur Scott Bailey
  • A veery was singing in the woods close by, and she listened for a moment.

    Seven Miles to Arden

    Ruth Sawyer
  • Moreover, this is only half the veery's technical proficiency.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey
  • I was to learn later that the singer was the veery or Wilson thrush.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • They are a veery fine young kail, that always pays for planting.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • The first time I saw the veery, or Wilson's thrush, also stands out in my memory.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • It is veery interestin', and it was veery patriootic of him.

    The Wood Fire in No. 3 F. Hopkinson Smith
  • She had come from the home of the wood thrush, where hermit and veery were unknown.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
British Dictionary definitions for veery

veery

/ˈvɪərɪ/
noun (pl) veeries
1.
a tawny brown North American thrush, Hylocichla fuscescens, with a slightly spotted grey breast
Word Origin
C19: probably imitative of its note
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