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gray catbird

noun
1.
See under catbird.

catbird

[kat-burd] /ˈkætˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of several American or Australian birds having catlike cries, especially Dumetella carolinensis (gray catbird) of North America.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; cat1 + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for gray catbird

catbird

/ˈkætˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any of several North American songbirds of the family Mimidae (mockingbirds), esp Dumetella carolinensis, whose call resembles the mewing of a cat
2.
any of several Australian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopoeetes, having a catlike call
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Word Origin and History for gray catbird
catbird
1731, common name for the North American thrush (Dumetella Carolinensis), so called from its warning cry, which resembles that of a cat. Catbird seat is a 19c. Dixieism, popularized by Brooklyn Dodgers baseball announcer Red Barber and by author James Thurber (1942).
" 'Sitting in the catbird seat' meant sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him." [Thurber, "Stories from New Yorker"]
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