kingbird

[king-burd]
noun
  1. 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.

Origin of kingbird

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; king + bird
Also called bee martin.
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Examples from the Web for kingbird

Historical Examples of kingbird

  • With none of these intruders had the kingbird any quarrel when away from his nest.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • This was satisfactory, for I did not know the kingbird in domestic life.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • It looked exceedingly like "showing off," and who could imagine a kingbird in that rôle!

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • In this respect their habits are much like those of their cousin, the kingbird.

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

  • Of the flycatchers, I have noted the kingbird, the least flycatcher, and the phœbe.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey


British Dictionary definitions for kingbird

kingbird

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