shrike

[ shrahyk ]
/ ʃraɪk /
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noun

any of numerous predaceous oscine birds of the family Laniidae, having a strong, hooked, and toothed bill, feeding on insects and sometimes on small birds and other animals: the members of certain species impale their prey on thorns or suspend it from the branches of trees to tear it apart more easily, and are said to kill more than is necessary for them to eat.
any of several other birds having similar bills, as the vanga shrikes.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 10-foot (3-meter), 400-pound (180-kg) U.S. air-to-ground missile designed to destroy missile batteries by homing in on their radar emissions.

Origin of shrike

1535–45; perhaps continuing Old English scrīc thrush; akin to Old Norse skrīkja to twitter; see shriek
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shrike

/ (ʃraɪk) /

noun

Also called: butcherbird any songbird of the chiefly Old World family Laniidae, having a heavy hooked bill and feeding on smaller animals which they sometimes impale on thorns, barbed wire, etcSee also bush shrike (def. 1)
any of various similar but unrelated birds, such as the cuckoo shrikes
shrike thrush or shrike tit another name for thickhead (def. 2)

Word Origin for shrike

Old English scrīc thrush; related to Middle Dutch schrīk corncrake; see screech 1, shriek
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