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missel thrush

[mis-uh l] /ˈmɪs əl/
Origin of missel thrush
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Listen for the missel-thrush: when he sings the snow may fall, the rain drift, but not for long; the violets are near at hand.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • missel-thrush (or mavis) is especially fond of the mistletoe.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Had he gone direct thither he must have met Eric, the missel-thrush, who alone was permitted to frequent the orchard.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
  • The recent increase of the missel-thrush in parts of Scotland has caused the decrease of the song-thrush.

  • Many Kestrels return to their accustomed summer haunts this month; and the missel-thrush pairs at the beginning of it.

  • Thus, the missel-thrush might easily be got back by placing its eggs in the nests of blackbirds and thrushes.

    Birds in London W. H. Hudson
  • The nest was in a birch visible from the garden, and that season seemed to be the missel-thrush's.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • The moorhen and wood-pigeon also flourish, and in a still greater degree the missel-thrush, throstle, and blackbird.

    Birds in London W. H. Hudson
  • The missel-thrush did as he was bid, and in about half-an-hour the young prince approached the palace.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
  • Kapchack, seeing that the hawk was not there, again pursued his return journey, but meantime the missel-thrush had passed him.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for missel-thrush

missel thrush

a variant spelling of mistle thrush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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