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water thrush

or waterthrush

either of two North American warblers, Seirus noveboracensis or S. motacilla, usually living near streams.
Origin of water thrush
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for water-thrush
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  • It was the Louisiana water-thrush, but might have been the pipes of Pan, so wild and woodland was it.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Water-wagtail, small, or water-thrush (Seiurus noveboracensis).

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Its flight is much like that of the water-thrush (either species), and is remarkably swift, firm, and decided.

  • Another bird which has interested me here is the Louisiana water-thrush, called also large-billed water-thrush, and water-wagtail.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • They are the golden-crowned thrush or oven-bird, the water-thrush, the Louisiana water-thrush, and the yellow-breasted chat.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • It proved to be the small, or Northern, water-thrush (called also the New York water-thrush)—a new bird to me.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • It proved to be the small, or northern, water-thrush (called also the New York water-thrush),—a new bird to me.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • More likely it was a Louisiana water-thrush, a bird I had seen, but had never heard sing.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • The Louisiana water-thrush seldom utters its interesting song when on the ground, but from some higher perch or when flying.

  • At a distance it bears much resemblance to the songs of the hooded warbler and the Louisiana water-thrush.

British Dictionary definitions for water-thrush

water thrush

either of two North American warblers, Seiurus motacilla or S. noveboracensis, having a brownish back and striped underparts and tending to occur near water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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