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thunderbird

[thuhn-der-burd]
noun
(in the mythology of some North American Indians) a huge, eaglelike bird capable of producing thunder, lightning, and rain.

Origin:
1820–30; thunder + bird

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thunderbird (ˈθʌndəˌbɜːd)
 
n
a legendary bird that produces thunder, lightning, and rain according to the folk belief of several North American Indian peoples

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