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mockingbird

[mok-ing-burd] /ˈmɒk ɪŋˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of several gray, black, and white songbirds of the genus Mimus, especially M. polyglottos, of the U.S. and Mexico, noted for their ability to mimic the songs of other birds.
2.
any of various related or similar birds, as Melanotis caerulescens (blue mockingbird) of Mexico.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80, Americanism; mocking + bird
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Examples from the web for mockingbird
  • It may have been a mockingbird, they do live in the area.
  • And maybe one day we'll tip our hats to the mockingbird, not out of fear but out of friendliness.
  • The mockingbird in the tree next to our bedroom has learned an excellent imitation of our neighbor's car alarm.
British Dictionary definitions for mockingbird

mockingbird

/ˈmɒkɪŋˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
(Austral) any American songbird of the family Mimidae, having a long tail and grey plumage: noted for their ability to mimic the song of other birds
2.
a small scrub bird, Atrichornis rufescens, noted for its mimicry
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Word Origin and History for mockingbird
n.

also mocking-bird, 1670s, from mocking (adj.), 1520s, from present participle of mock (v.) + bird (n.1). Earlier form was mock-bird (1640s).

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mockingbird in Technology


Software that intercepts communications (especially login transactions) between users and hosts and provides system-like responses to the users while saving their responses (especially account IDs and passwords). A special case of Trojan horse.
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