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cowbird

[ kou-burd ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbɜrd /
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noun

any of several New World blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially M. ater, of North America, that accompany herds of cattle.

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Origin of cowbird

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; cow1 + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for cowbird

cowbird
/ (ˈkaʊˌbɜːd) /

noun

any of various American orioles of the genera Molothrus, Tangavius, etc, esp M. ater (common or brown-headed cowbird). They have a dark plumage and short bill
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