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thrasher

[thrash-er] /ˈθræʃ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that thrashes.
2.
any of several long-tailed, thrushlike birds, especially of the genus Toxostoma, related to the mockingbirds.
Compare brown thrasher.
3.
thresher (def 2).
Origin of thrasher
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see thrash, -er1
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  • There was something in the girl's manner that thrasher did not understand.

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
  • The thrasher is silent in the berry pasture, and the bobolink in the meadow.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • It was not the thrasher but it was a new bird to me and the picture of it is in my mind as if made only yesterday.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • The killer, the sword-fish, and the thrasher trouble us at home.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • It is wonderful, anyway, with what an ecstasy the thrasher will sometimes sing.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • This subspecies of the Curve-billed thrasher occurs in northwestern Coahuila.

  • thrasher stood firmly, with the trumpet grasped in his right hand; but his face was like marble, and he gave no orders.

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
  • The flail of the thrasher does not fall more swiftly upon the corn.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • After breakfast, thrasher took his hat, and prepared to go out.

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for thrasher

thrasher1

/ˈθræʃə/
noun
1.
another name for thresher (sense 3)

thrasher2

/ˈθræʃə/
noun
1.
any of various brown thrushlike American songbirds of the genus Toxostoma and related genera, having a long downward-curving bill and long tail: family Mimidae (mockingbirds)
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from English dialect thresher, thrusher a thrush
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