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cowbird

[kou-burd] /ˈkaʊˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of several New World blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially M. ater, of North America, that accompany herds of cattle.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; cow1 + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for cow-bird

cowbird

/ˈkaʊˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any of various American orioles of the genera Molothrus, Tangavius, etc, esp M. ater (common or brown-headed cowbird). They have a dark plumage and short bill
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