Turdus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Turdus type genus of the Turdidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • pr. n Turdus (Zoöl) A genus of singing birds including the true thrushes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turdus A genus of thrushes. It formerly included any of the Turdidæ and various other birds supposed to be thrush-like; later it was variously restricted, and it is now usually confined to species like the European mistlethrush (T. viscivorus), song-thrush (T. musicus), fieldfare (T. pilaris), and redwing (T. iliacus). In these the sexes are similar, the throat is not streaked, and the general color is not black. (See cuts under fieldfare, mistle-thrush, and thrush.) In the narrowest sense, the genus is coincident with the family in geographical range, being represented in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The blackish or dark thrushes, such as the common blackbird or ouzel of Europe, T. merula, and the ring-ouzel, T. torquatus, represent an extensive group, either kept in Turdus proper or separated under the name of Merula. (See cuts under ouzel and blackbird.) The common robin or migratory thrush of North America represents a group indifferently called Planesticus (as a subgenus of Turdus) or merged in Merula. (See cut under robin, 2.) The song-thrushes of North America represent a section of Turdus named Hylocichla, as the wood-thrush, T. (H.) mustelinus; the hermit-thrush, T. (H.) pallasi (see cut under hermit-thrush); the tawny or Wilson's thrush, or veery, T. (H.) fuscescens (see cut under veery); the olive-backed or Swainson's thrush, T. (H.) swainsoni; the gray-cheeked or Alice's thrush, T. (H.) aliciæ; all of which are common woodland songsters of the United States. The varied thrush, or Oregon robin (see cut under thrush), formerly T. nævius, represents a section Hesperocichla, or is taken out of the gunus and called Geocichla nævia. See Tur didæ and thrush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turdus tur′dus a genus of Passerine birds of the Turdidæ family, the thrushes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a thrush

Usage

In literature:

Of the genus Turdus were procured two species, thought to be new.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
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