Definition of shrike
: any of numerous usually largely gray or brownish oscine birds (family Laniidae) that have a hooked bill, feed chiefly on insects, and often impale their prey on thorns
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The eastern subspecies of loggerhead shrike, native to Canada, is one of the most endangered birds on the planet.
Kingfishers give fish to their mates, while the great gray shrike, native to most northern climes, is more dramatic.
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Origin and Etymology of shrike
perhaps from Middle English *shrik, from Old English scrīc thrush; akin to Middle English shriken to shriek
First Known Use: 1544See Words from the same year
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