dial bird


di·​al bird
: any of several songbirds of India (such as the magpie robin) related to the European robin

Word History


by folk etymology from Hindi dahiyāl

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dial bird was in 1738

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“Dial bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dial%20bird. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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