thrush

noun (1)
\ ˈthrəsh How to pronounce thrush (audio) \

Definition of thrush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of numerous small or medium-sized birds of an oscine family (Turdidae, the thrush family) or in some classifications a subfamily (Turdinae of the family Muscicapidae) which are mostly of a plain color often with spotted underparts and many of which are excellent singers

thrush

noun (2)

Definition of thrush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a disease that is caused by a fungus (Candida albicans), occurs especially in infants and children, and is marked by white patches in the oral cavity broadly : candidiasis vaginal thrush
2 : a suppurative disorder of the feet in various animals (such as a horse)

First Known Use of thrush

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thrush

Noun (1)

Middle English thrusche, from Old English thrysce; akin to Old English throstle thrush, Old High German droscala, Latin turdus

Noun (2)

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish trøske thrush, Swedish torsk

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“Thrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrush. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for thrush

thrush

noun
\ ˈthrəsh How to pronounce thrush (audio) \

Kids Definition of thrush

: a usually brown bird that has a spotted breast and a melodious song

thrush

noun
\ ˈthrəsh How to pronounce thrush (audio) \

Medical Definition of thrush

1 : a disease that is caused by a fungus of the genus Candida (C. albicans), occurs especially in infants and children, and is marked by white patches in the oral cavity broadly : candidiasis vaginal thrush
2 : a suppurative disorder of the feet in various animals (as the horse)

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