wood thrush


: a large woodland thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) of eastern North America that is rusty brown on the head and back, has white underparts marked with large black spots, and is noted for its loud clear song

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That eerie call — a wood thrush or a hermit thrush? Bradley Allf, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 Several noteworthy species of birds were observed: brown creeper, rusty blackbird, wood thrush and yellow-bellied sapsucker. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2022 The Turdidae have some real aristocrats in their tree, beginning with the bluebird — that blithe symbol of rural America — and ascending to the wood thrush. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021 There is no more melodious melody in all of birddom than the song of the wood thrush: clear, resounding, flute-like, and repeated at stately intervals — not the slop that issues from its Cockney cousin’s beak. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021 And the wood thrush needs a territory of 400 acres to breed successfully, while the feckless robin drops its eggs on every sidewalk in North America. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021 One species seen and heard here, the wood thrush, known for its lovely song, improved its status. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 16 Feb. 2021 This moderate trail is full of animal sightings including woodland birds such as ovenbirds, wood thrush, rufous-sided towhees and gray catbirds. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 20 Aug. 2020 In such gardens, expect to see wood thrushes and eastern towhees. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wood thrush was in 1791

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“Wood thrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20thrush. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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