mock·​ing·​bird | \ ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce mockingbird (audio) , ˈmȯ- \

Definition of mockingbird

: a common grayish North American bird (Mimus polyglottos) related to the thrashers that is remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of other birds

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Recent Examples on the Web Though Thomas Jefferson preferred mockingbirds to canines, the posh Jefferson hotel, themed after America’s third president, caters to the latter. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Pet-Friendly Hotels That Both Dogs and Humans Will Love," 1 Oct. 2019 Delivered to your inbox on Wednesday and Friday DEAR JOAN: The predawn chirping bird referenced in your Aug. 16 column is almost certainly a California Towhee rather than a mockingbird. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bees and wasps driving off hummingbirds at Martinez feeder," 21 Aug. 2019 The more tunes the mockingbird can work into his serenade, the better. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Rodeo woman’s family thinks she’s courting trouble feeding feral cats," 5 Aug. 2019 This spring, baby birds (starting with starlings and sparrows and then songbirds such as robins, blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds) will hatch. Kitson Jazynka,, "As spring arrives, what to do if you find a baby bird," 25 Apr. 2018 Northern mockingbirds have started singing in earnest, along with Eastern towhees. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Watch for the annual visit by red-winged blackbirds | Charlotte Observer," 16 Feb. 2018 The scientists also reversed the scenario, dropping host eggs from wrens, mockingbirds, and blackbirds onto cowbird eggs. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, "Cowbird eggshells could double as deadly weapons," 8 May 2018 Encounter northern mockingbirds, indigo buntings, and yellow-rumped warblers at Pickering Creek Audubon Center (, a 400-acre sanctuary of trails teeming with coastal wildlife habitats. Stephanie Citron,, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 The Galápagos island finches and mockingbirds gathered by Charles Darwin in 1835 during the voyage of the HMS Beagle—which had been instrumental in developing his theory of evolution through natural selection—were resting in nearby drawers. Outside Online, "The Curious Case of the Fly-Fishing Feather Thief," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mockingbird

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Mockingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mockingbird

: a North American bird that sings loudly and copies the songs of other birds


mock·​ing·​bird | \ ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce mockingbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of mockingbird

: a songbird of North America noted for its imitations of other birds

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