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 In fall, the wood thrush eats the red berries before migrating to the Gulf of Mexico. Daryln Brewer Hoffstot Kristian Thacker, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2024 The wood thrush, whose heralded song is often said to sound like a flute, breeds throughout the eastern United States, but its population has plummeted over the last half century. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 Along the path hops a tiny wood thrush, the official bird of Washington, D.C. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 In the fall, many wood thrushes head to the Maya Forest, which spans Mexico, Guatemala and Belize and is one of five major swaths of intact forest remaining in Central America. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 District of Columbia: Wood thrush The wood thrush is Washington D.C.'s bird. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023 Late American tree sparrows in the Concord area of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, where a yellow warbler and a wood thrush were also tallied. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2023 Our robin is in the thrush family, which includes the hermit thrush and wood thrush. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2023 Birders call one side of the park Thrush Ridge for the birds — wood thrush, hermit thrush, gray-cheeked thrush and more — that seem to like it there. John Kelly, Washington Post, 5 July 2022

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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 24 May. 2024.

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