Origin of hangbird

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

Historical Examples of 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


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