kingbird

[ king-burd ]
/ ˈkɪŋˌbɜrd /
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noun

any of several American tyrant flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, especially T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird), of North America, known for their pugnacious disposition toward predators.

Nearby words

  1. king-of-arms,
  2. king-of-the-salmon,
  3. king-size,
  4. king-smith,
  5. king-whiting,
  6. kingbolt,
  7. kingchow,
  8. kingcraft,
  9. kingcup,
  10. kingdom

Origin of kingbird

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; king + bird

Also called bee martin.

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kingbird

/ (ˈkɪŋˌbɜːd) /

noun

any of several large American flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, esp T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird or bee martin)
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