vee·​ry ˈvir-ē How to pronounce veery (audio)
plural veeries
: an American thrush (Catharus fuscescens) common in the eastern U.S.

Examples of veery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nantucket: five willets at Smith Point, a Baird’s sandpiper at Low Beach, an eastern kingbird at Jackson Point, and a veery at Siasconset. Maria Elena Little Endara,, 1 Oct. 2022 Four blue-winged teal, a cattle egret, and a veery at Squantum, two piping plovers at Wollaston Beach, six purple martins at Stony Brook Sanctuary in Norfolk, and a Louisiana waterthrush at Fowl Meadow in Canton., 23 Apr. 2022 Also spotted were a least flycatcher, a veery, and an orchard oriole., 6 May 2018 The forest is a large and welcome habitat for forest birds like the veery, wood thrush, and a variety of owls and woodpeckers. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, 26 Apr. 2018 The veeries may have already passed through while the hermit thrushes may not have arrived quite yet. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 13 Oct. 2017

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Word History


probably imitative of its downward-spiraling song

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of veery was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Veery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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