dial bird

di·​al bird | \ ˈdī(ə)l- \

Definition of dial bird

: any of several songbirds of India (such as the magpie robin) related to the European robin

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First Known Use of dial bird

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dial bird

by folk etymology from Hindi dahiyāl

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“Dial bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dial%20bird. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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