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mistle thrush

[mis-uh l]
noun
  1. a large, European thrush, Turdus viscivorus, that feeds on the berries of the mistletoe.
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Origin of mistle thrush

1765–75; obsolete mistle (Old English mistel) mistletoe
Also called missel thrush.
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Examples from the Web for mistle thrush

Historical Examples

  • The note very much resembled the well-known call of the mistle-thrush or screech-cock, (Turdus viscivorus).

    The Young Yagers

    Mayne Reid

  • Because its seeds are said to be dropped by the mistle-thrush, which feeds on its berries.


British Dictionary definitions for mistle thrush

mistle thrush

missel thrush

noun
  1. a large European thrush, Turdus viscivorus, with a brown back and spotted breast, noted for feeding on mistletoe berries
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Word Origin

C18: from Old English mistel mistletoe
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