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[mok-ing-burd] /ˈmɒk ɪŋˌbɜrd/
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.
any of various related or similar birds, as Melanotis caerulescens (blue mockingbird) of Mexico.
Origin of mockingbird
1670-80, Americanism; mocking + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a fine songster and almost as much of a mimic as the mockingbird.

    Western Bird Guide Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed, Harry F. Harvey, and Rex I. Brasher
  • Thrasher and mockingbird face people on playground at Miakwa'orve.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • Suddenly the mockingbird sung twice, and its plaintive and soft song resounded melodiously through the air.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • When he could sing, it was more like a mockingbird than like a robin.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The buckeye does not grow in New England, and the mockingbird is rarely heard here.

British Dictionary definitions for mockingbird


(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
a small scrub bird, Atrichornis rufescens, noted for its mimicry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mockingbird

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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