noun \ˈshrīk, especially Southern ˈsrīk\

Definition of SHRIKE

:  any of numerous usually largely gray or brownish oscine birds (family Laniidae) that have a hooked bill, feed chiefly on insects, and often impale their prey on thorns

Illustration of SHRIKE

Origin of SHRIKE

perhaps from Middle English *shrik, from Old English scrīc thrush; akin to Middle English shriken to shriek
First Known Use: 1544

Rhymes with SHRIKE

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