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

Examples of mockingbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mockingbird can sing up to 200 different tunes and mimic artificial sounds like car alarms. Curt Anderson, ajc, 5 Nov. 2021 One reason is that the northern mockingbird is the state bird of several other states, and legislators want a bird that’s uniquely of Florida. Sylvia Gurinsky,, 17 Nov. 2021 Since 1927, the northern mockingbird has been classified as the state bird. Sylvia Gurinsky,, 17 Nov. 2021 After nearly a century on its lofty perch, the northern mockingbird may be singing its last melodies as the state bird of Florida. Curt Anderson, ajc, 5 Nov. 2021 An effort is taking flight to replace the far-ranging musical mockingbird with a bird that is more identifiable as distinctly Floridian. Curt Anderson,, 5 Nov. 2021 According to a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the mockingbird follows similar musical rules to those used in human music when composing its songs. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, 23 July 2021 Over half of the mockingbird's songs are mimicry, and the species boasts an impressive repertoire comprised of hundreds of types of phrases. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, 23 July 2021 Alberto Lau launched a more scientific effort to quiet the mockingbird. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mockingbird

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Mockingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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