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Definition of thunderbird

: a bird that causes lightning and thunder in American Indian myth

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Recent Examples on the Web One tale describes a struggle between a thunderbird and a whale that caused the earth to shake and the ocean to wash away people and homes. Washington Post, "Critics: Oregon courts disaster with new tsunami-zone law," 16 Aug. 2019 Students learned and lived in many of the existing buildings, which were in the shape of the mythological thunderbird. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "5 things to know about Arizona Christian University's move to Glendale," 16 June 2019 The new arena will be called the Menominee Nation Arena and feature the thunderbird, an important part of the tribe's history. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menominee tribe buys naming rights for Wisconsin Herd arena in Oshkosh," 23 Oct. 2017 Tumwater Thunderbirds Bill Beattie (who was at Olympia for 22 seasons) takes over after Sid Otton retired after 49 years. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Where do the top teams fall in the Seattle Times preseason high school football rankings?," 28 Aug. 2017 The Haunted Mansion (2003) High Anxiety (1977) How to Be Single (2016) Junior (1994) Live Free or Die Hard (2007) My Blue Heaven (1990) Race (2016) Repo Man (1984) Thunderbirds (2004) The Village (2004) Sean Axmaker, The Seattle Times, "New on HBO in June: ‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,’ ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’," 30 May 2017 Two F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters, one belonging to the prestigious Thunderbirds aerobatic team, and a giant unmanned surveillance drone were destroyed in accidents. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Just Had an Awful Week," 26 June 2017 Gonsalves is the Thunderbirds' advance pilot and narrator. Chris Boyette, CNN, "2 injured when USAF Thunderbird jet flips over on landing," 23 June 2017 The pilot and a tactical aircraft maintainer in the plane were hospitalized, and are listed in good condition, Thunderbirds officials said. Cameron Knight, USA TODAY, "F-16 Thunderbird plane crashes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ahead of air show," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of thunderbird

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Thunderbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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