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[veer-ee] /ˈvɪər i/
noun, plural veeries.
a thrush, Catharus fuscescens, common in the eastern and northern U.S., noted for its song.
Also called Wilson's thrush.
Origin of veery
1830-40, Americanism; perhaps veer1 + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was near the bottom of a deep gully, where I had come to grief in my search for a veery baby.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • It is commonly thought to be difficult to get close to the veery.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • The veery's common call is a clearly whistled wheé-you, quite unlike the quirt or pit-pit of the Wood Thrush.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • "We'll try the song just once more," little Mr. veery told them.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Arthur Scott Bailey
  • veery slipped out of sight, and almost at once his bell-like notes began to ring through the Green Forest.

  • A veery was singing in the woods close by, and she listened for a moment.

    Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer
  • Low, wet woods with considerable undergrowth, where skunk cabbage and hellebore flourish are the home of the veery.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • They are a veery fine young kail, that always pays for planting.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • Call, a liquid puit; song, suggesting both that of Hermit Thrush and the veery.

  • She had come from the home of the wood thrush, where hermit and veery were unknown.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
British Dictionary definitions for veery


noun (pl) veeries
a tawny brown North American thrush, Hylocichla fuscescens, with a slightly spotted grey breast
Word Origin
C19: probably imitative of its note
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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