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catbird

[ kat-burd ]
/ ˈkætˌbɜrd /
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noun
any of several American or Australian birds having catlike cries, especially Dumetella carolinensis(gray catbird ), of North America.
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Origin of catbird

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; cat + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for catbird

catbird
/ (ˈkætˌbɜːd) /

noun
any of several North American songbirds of the family Mimidae (mockingbirds), esp Dumetella carolinensis, whose call resembles the mewing of a cat
any of several Australian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopoeetes, having a catlike call
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