shrike

[shrahyk]
noun
1.
any of numerous predaceous oscine birds of the family Laniidae, having a strong, hooked, and toothed bill, feeding on insects and sometimes on small birds and other animals: the members of certain species impale their prey on thorns or suspend it from the branches of trees to tear it apart more easily, and are said to kill more than is necessary for them to eat.
2.
any of several other birds having similar bills, as the vanga shrikes.
3.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 10-foot (3-meter), 400-pound (180-kg) U.S. air-to-ground missile designed to destroy missile batteries by homing in on their radar emissions.

Origin:
1535–45; perhaps continuing Old English scrīc thrush; akin to Old Norse skrīkja to twitter; see shriek

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shrike (ʃraɪk)
 
n
1.  See also bush shrike Also called: butcherbird any songbird of the chiefly Old World family Laniidae, having a heavy hooked bill and feeding on smaller animals which they sometimes impale on thorns, barbed wire, etc
2.  any of various similar but unrelated birds, such as the cuckoo shrikes
3.  shrike thrush, shrike tit another name for thickhead
 
[Old English scrīc thrush; related to Middle Dutch schrīk corncrake; see screech1, shriek]

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shrike
O.E. scric "thrush," lit. "bird with a shrill call," probably echoic of its cry and related to shriek (cf. O.N. skrikja "shrieker, shrike").
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Example sentences
Imagine that a shrike fools other shrikes with a false alarm.
The loggerhead shrike, though a predatory bird, has weak feet and is unable to hold struggling prey in its grasp.
To immobilize prey, the shrike will often impale it on cactus spines.
The first recorded sighting of a northern shrike on the refuge was an exciting experience for a number of staff and volunteers.
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