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
Recent Examples of mockingbird from the Web
The space is done up like a contemporary country kitchen, more upmarket than down-home, with white wainscoting, curtains striped like mattress ticking and the mockingbird logo branded on each polished plywood table.
And Northern mockingbirds are accomplished singers in their own right.
Responding to a report, an officer removed two mockingbirds that were trapped in a window well.
The healthy fledglings were removed and left on the lawn so that mockingbirds seen in the area could care for them.
Curiously, the weavers won’t aggressively take to the air and flock to scare away their enemies, as crows or mockingbirds do.
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First Known Use of mockingbird
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Definition of mockingbird for English Language Learners
: a North American bird that sings loudly and copies the songs of other birds
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Definition of mockingbird for Students
: a songbird of North America noted for its imitations of other birds
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