rainbird

noun

rain·​bird ˈrān-ˌbərd How to pronounce rainbird (audio)
: any of various birds (especially of the family Cuculidae) whose cries are popularly believed to forecast rain

Word History

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rainbird was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Rainbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainbird. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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