shrike

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noun \ˈshrīk, especially Southern ˈsrīk\

Definition of shrike

  1. :  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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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: 1544


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