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rainbird

[ reyn-burd ]
/ ˈreɪnˌbɜrd /
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noun

any of several birds, especially the black-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) and the yellow-billed cuckoo (C. americanus), that are said to call frequently before a rainstorm.

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Origin of rainbird

First recorded in 1910–15; rain + bird
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Example sentences from the Web for rainbird

  • Rainbird is a local name for the green woodpecker, but as an East-Anglian name it is most likely an imitative form of Fr.

    The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
  • Robin Redforth was united, with similar ceremonies, to Alice Rainbird.

    Holiday Romance|Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for rainbird

rainbird
/ (ˈreɪnˌbɜːd) /

noun

any of various birds, such as (in Britain) the green woodpecker, whose cry is supposed to portend rain
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