wood thrush


Definition of 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

Examples of wood thrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Examples include the lark bunting, Colorado’s state bird, and the wood thrush, a migratory bird that breeds in Eastern forests. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2019 Other birds that were spotted last week included four blue-gray gnatcatchers, three wood thrushes, a field sparrow, and five Eastern meadowlarks. BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of wood thrush

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood thrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20thrush. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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