tick bird


noun

any of various birds that feed on ticks, as an oxpecker.

Nearby words

  1. tical,
  2. ticarcillin disodium,
  3. tichy,
  4. ticino,
  5. tick,
  6. tick box,
  7. tick fever,
  8. tick off,
  9. tick over,
  10. tick paralysis

Origin of tick bird

First recorded in 1860–65

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British Dictionary definitions for tick-bird

tick-bird

noun

another name for oxpecker

Word Origin for tick-bird

C19: so called because it eats insects off animals' backs

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