(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Most breeders name them things like Chainlightning and Thunderbird.

    Thy Rocks and Rills

    Robert Ernest Gilbert

  • Some believed every storm to be a struggle between the God of Waters and the Thunderbird.

    Legends of The Kaw

    Carrie de Voe

  • A very elaborate drill-socket; it is made of tulip wood, carved to represent the Thunderbird.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • When the fisherman returned to his house, people of the village told him of the thunderbird.

  • If we leave now we can get a real dinner at a Haitian place I know and then head over to the Thunderbird.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for thunderbird



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