[ thuhn-der-burd ]

  1. (in the mythology of some North American Indians) a huge, eaglelike bird capable of producing thunder, lightning, and rain.

Origin of thunderbird

First recorded in 1820–30; thunder + bird

Words Nearby thunderbird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thunderbird in a sentence

  • The hunter fitted a war arrow, the string twanged, and the arrow killed a young thunderbird.

  • A noise like thunder filled the air, a black shadow fell over her, and a thunderbird darted down upon her.

British Dictionary definitions for thunderbird


/ (ˈθʌndəˌbɜːd) /

  1. a legendary bird that produces thunder, lightning, and rain according to the folk belief of several North American Indian peoples

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