noun Older Use.

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

Nearby words

  1. hang-dog,
  2. hang-glider,
  3. hang-on,
  4. hang-up,
  5. hangar,
  6. hangchow,
  7. hangdog,
  8. hanged,
  9. hanged for a sheep as a lamb, might as well be,
  10. hanged, drawn, and quartered

Origin of hangbird

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; hang + bird

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Examples 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



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