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snowbird

[ snoh-burd ]
/ ˈsnoʊˌbɜrd /
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noun
any of various birds that winter in a cold, snowy climate, especially the dark-eyed junco and the snow bunting.
Informal. a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather: Since 9/11, the ease with which Canadian snowbirds cross the U.S. border has changed.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a person addicted to cocaine or heroine: The cocaine addiction of pre-talkies film star Alma Rubens earned her the unfortunate nickname “Silent Snowbird.”
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Origin of snowbird

First recorded in 1665–75; snow (in the sense “precipitation; snowflake”) + bird;1910–15 for def. 3, with snow (in the sense “cocaine or heroin”)
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British Dictionary definitions for snowbird

snowbird
/ (ˈsnəʊˌbɜːd) /

noun
another name for the snow bunting
US slang a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin
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