[ veer-ee ]

noun,plural veer·ies.
  1. a thrush, Catharus fuscescens, common in the eastern and northern U.S., noted for its song.

Origin of veery

1830–40, Americanism; perhaps veer1 + -y2

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

How to use veery in a sentence

  • That day his brookside singer became the Song-sparrow; the brown triller, the veery Thrush.

    Two Little Savages | Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Call, a liquid puit; song, suggesting both that of Hermit Thrush and the veery.

  • One more phase of veery character I was surprised and delighted to learn.

    Little Brothers of the Air | Olive Thorne Miller
  • The veery, in common with a large number of other birds, builds a nest open at the top.

    The Bird Study Book | Thomas Gilbert Pearson
  • The veery's common call is a clearly whistled wheé-you, quite unlike the quirt or pit-pit of the Wood Thrush.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for veery


/ (ˈvɪərɪ) /

nounplural veeries
  1. a tawny brown North American thrush, Hylocichla fuscescens, with a slightly spotted grey breast

Origin of veery

C19: probably imitative of its note

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