snowbird

[snoh-burd]

Origin of snowbird

First recorded in 1665–75; snow + bird
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snowbird

noun
  1. another name for the snow bunting
  2. US slang a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin
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Word Origin and History for snowbird
n.

also snow-bird, from 1680s in reference to various types of birds associated with snow, from snow (n.) + bird (n.1). From 1923 in reference to northern U.S. workers who went to the South in the winter months to work; by 1979 in reference to tourists.

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