hangbird

[ hang-burd ]
/ ˈhæŋˌbɜrd /

noun Older Use.

a bird that builds a hanging nest, especially the Baltimore oriole.

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Origin of hangbird

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; hang + bird
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Example sentences from the Web for hangbird

  • Hangbird: The oriole, so called from its hanging nest; one of Lowell's most beloved "garden acquaintances" at Elmwood.

    The Vision of Sir Launfal|James Russell Lowell

British Dictionary definitions for hangbird

hangbird
/ (ˈhæŋˌbɜːd) /

noun

US and Canadian any bird, esp the Baltimore oriole, that builds a hanging nest
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