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apostlebird

[uh-pos-uh l-burd] /əˈpɒs əlˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
an omnivorous bird, Struthidea cinerea, of eastern Australia, that has chiefly dark gray-brown plumage with white tail markings and is noted for its habit of traveling in groups of about 12 related individuals.
Also, apostle bird.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; apostle + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for apostle bird

apostle bird

noun
1.
a gregarious grey-and-brown Australian nest-building bird, Struthidea cinerea
Word Origin
C20: so called for its apparent habit of congregating in groups of twelve
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