or apos·tle bird

[ uh-pos-uh l-burd ]
/ əˈpɒs əlˌbɜrd /


an omnivorous bird, Struthidea cinerea, of eastern Australia, that has chiefly dark gray-brown plumage with white tail markings and is noted for its habit of traveling in groups of about 12 related individuals.

Nearby words

  1. apostle,
  2. apostle bird,
  3. apostle pitcher,
  4. apostle plant,
  5. apostle spoon,
  6. apostles' creed,
  7. apostles, the twelve,
  8. apostolate,
  9. apostolic,
  10. apostolic age

Origin of apostlebird

First recorded in 1930–35; apostle + bird

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