1 [thruhsh]
any of numerous, medium-sized songbirds of the family Turdinae, usually dull brown and often speckled below, and including many outstanding singers.
any of various superficially similar birds, as the water thrushes.
Slang. a female professional singer, especially of popular songs.

before 900; Middle English thrusche, Old English thrȳsce; cognate with Old High German drōsca

thrushlike, adjective Unabridged


2 [thruhsh]
Pathology. a disease, especially in children, characterized by whitish spots and ulcers on the membranes of the mouth, fauces, etc., caused by a parasitic fungus, Candida albicans.
Veterinary Pathology. (in horses) a diseased condition of the frog of the foot.

1655–65; akin to Danish tröske, Swedish torsk Unabridged
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thrush1 (θrʌʃ)
Compare water thrush any songbird of the subfamily Turdinae, esp those having a brown plumage with a spotted breast, such as the mistle thrush and song thrush: family MuscicapidaeRelated: turdine
Related: turdine
[Old English thrӯsce; related to Old High German drōsca; see throstle, throat]

thrush2 (θrʌʃ)
1.  a.  a fungal disease of the mouth, esp of infants, and the genitals, characterized by the formation of whitish spots and caused by infection with the fungus Candida albicans
 b.  another word for sprue
2.  a softening of the frog of a horse's hoof characterized by degeneration and a thick foul discharge
[C17: related to Old Danish törsk, Danish troske]

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Word Origin & History

type of songbird, O.E. þyrsce (related to throstle), from P.Gmc. *thruskjon (cf. O.N. þröstr, Norw. trost, O.H.G. drosca), from PIE *trozdo- (cf. L. turdus, Lith. strazdas "thrush," M.Ir. truid, Welsh drudwy "starling," O.C.S. drozgu, Rus. drozdu).

throat disease, 1665, probably from a Scand. source (cf. Norw., Dan. trøske, Swed. torsk), but its roots and original meaning are unclear.
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Medical Dictionary

thrush (thrŭsh)
A contagious disease caused by a fungus, Candida albicans, that occurs most often in infants and children, characterized by small whitish eruptions on the mouth, throat, and tongue, and usually accompanied by fever, colic, and diarrhea.

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thrush   (thrŭsh)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An infectious disease, caused by the fungus Candida albicans, characterized by small whitish eruptions on the mouth, throat, and tongue, and sometimes accompanied by fever, colic, and diarrhea. Thrush is most often seen in infants, children, and people with impaired immune systems.

  2. A degenerative condition of a horse's foot, usually caused by unhygienic management.

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