thun·​der·​bird | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌbərd How to pronounce thunderbird (audio) \

Definition of thunderbird

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

Examples of thunderbird in a Sentence

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 26 June 2017 Gonsalves is the Thunderbirds' advance pilot and narrator. Chris Boyette, CNN, 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, 23 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of thunderbird

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thunderbird was in 1871

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“Thunderbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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