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[thrash-er] /ˈθræʃ ər/
a person or thing that thrashes.
any of several long-tailed, thrushlike birds, especially of the genus Toxostoma, related to the mockingbirds.
Compare brown thrasher.
thresher (def 2).
Origin of thrasher
1350-1400; Middle English; see thrash, -er1 Unabridged
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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


another name for thresher (sense 3)


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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