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Definition of THRUSH
: any of numerous small or medium-sized birds of an oscine family (Turdidae, the thrush family) or in some classifications a subfamily (Turdinae of the family Muscicapidae) which are mostly of a plain color often with spotted underparts and many of which are excellent singers
Origin of THRUSH
Middle English thrusche, from Old English thrysce; akin to Old English throstle thrush, Old High German droscala, Latin turdus
: a disease that is caused by a fungus (Candida albicans), occurs especially in infants and children, and is marked by white patches in the oral cavity; broadly:candidiasis<vaginal thrush>
: a suppurative disorder of the feet in various animals (as a horse)
Origin of THRUSH
probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan trøske thrush, Swedish torsk
First Known Use: 1665
Medical Definition of THRUSH
: a disease that is caused by a fungus of the genus Candida (C. albicans), occurs especially in infants and children, and is marked by white patches in the oral cavity; broadly:candidiasis<vaginal thrush>
: a suppurative disorder of the feet in various animals (as the horse)
Any of numerous species of songbirds belonging to several families. Thrushes usually have a slender bill and booted lower legs (i.e., covered in front with one long scale instead of many short ones) and range from 5 to 12 in. (13 to 30 cm) long. Most have dull plumage, often with patches of bright yellow, red, or blue. They are found virtually worldwide but are most diverse in the Old World, especially in Africa. The northern species are strong migrants. Thrushes occupy a wide range of arboreal and terrestrial habitats. They eat insects and fruit, and a few eat snails or earthworms. They lay three to six eggs in an open cup-shaped nest; a few occupy cavities. Some of the thrushes, including the hermit thrush and the wood thrush, have notably beautiful songs. See alsoblackbird, bluebird, chat, ouzel, redstart, robin.