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rainbird

[ reyn-burd ]

noun

  1. 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.


rainbird

/ ˈreɪnˌbɜːd /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rainbird1

First recorded in 1910–15; rain + bird

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Example Sentences

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

Robin Redforth was united, with similar ceremonies, to Alice Rainbird.

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