gray catbird

gray catbird

noun
See under catbird.
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catbird

[kat-burd]
noun
any of several American or Australian birds having catlike cries, especially Dumetella carolinensis (gray catbird) of North America.

Origin:
1700–10, Americanism; cat1 + bird

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catbird (ˈkætˌbɜːd)
 
n
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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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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