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rainbird

[reyn-burd] /ˈreɪnˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of several birds, especially the black-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) and the yellow-billed cuckoo (C. americanus), that are said to call frequently before a rainstorm.
Origin of rainbird
1910-1915
1910-15; rain + bird
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  • rainbird is a local name for the green woodpecker, but as an East-Anglian name it is most likely an imitative form of Fr.

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British Dictionary definitions for rainbird

rainbird

/ˈreɪnˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any of various birds, such as (in Britain) the green woodpecker, whose cry is supposed to portend rain
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