cowbird

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noun cow·bird \-ˌbərd\

Definition of cowbird

  1. :  any of a genus (Molothrus of the family Icteridae) of New World blackbirds that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds; especially :  one (M. ater) widespread in the U.S. and southern Canada in which the male is black with a brown head and the female is gray

1810

First Known Use of cowbird

1810


COWBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

cowbird

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noun cow·bird \-ˌbərd\

Definition of cowbird for English Language Learners

  • : a brown and black North American bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds


COWBIRD Defined for Kids

cowbird

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noun cow·bird \ˈkau̇-ˌbərd\

Definition of cowbird for Students

  1. :  a small North American blackbird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds


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