mockingbird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mockingbird long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
    • n mockingbird An oscine passerine bird of the subfamily Miminæ and restricted genus Mimus; a mock-bird or mocker. The best-known species is M. polyglottus, which abounds in the southerly parts of the United States; it is the most famous songster of America, and is much prized as a cage-bird. Its proper song is of remarkable compass and variety, and besides this the bird has a wonderful range, being able to imitate almost any voice or even mere noises. This vocalization is confined to the male. The bird is about 10 inches long and 14 iu extent of wings. It is ashy-gray above, soiled-white below; the bill and feet are black, and the wing- and tail-feathers in part pure white. The extent of this white on the wings and tail distinguishes the sexes, being greatest in the male. The nest is placed in trees and bushes, and is bulky and inartistic, built of twigs, grass, leaves, etc. The eggs are bluish-green, heavily freckled with various brownish shades; they are 4 to 6 in number, measuring on an average 1 inch by 0. 75 inch. See Miminæ.
    • n mockingbird In Demerara, a name applied to orioles of the genus Cassicus, and especially to C. ieteronotus, which is often kept as a cage-bird on account of its pleasant note.
    • n mockingbird In Australia, the lyre-bird, Menura superba: so called on account of its remarkable power of song.
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Usage

In literature:

The buckeye does not grow in New England, and the mockingbird is rarely heard here.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
Into the sweet, warm air mockingbirds were pouring low, broken songs of ineffable melody.
"Remember the Alamo" by Amelia E. Barr
Sometimes she whistled a note or cried a greeting to a mockingbird, a rosy finch, or a song sparrow.
"Her Father's Daughter" by Gene Stratton-Porter
I've never seen such a fellow for picking up other people's songs excepting Mocker the Mockingbird.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Night had vanished on invisible wings and silence broke to the music of a mockingbird.
"The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
It is said that the mockingbird is dumb in the presence of the bobolink.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
We have but one real nocturnal songster, and that is the mockingbird.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
Instead the song of the mockingbird pursued him.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
By now the moon was high, and the mockingbird in the wood across the water was singing madly.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
The mockingbird sang on, but the garden appeared to darken and grow cold.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
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In news:

To Kill a Mockingbird' a stunning production at Pec Playhouse.
'Mockingbird' 50th anniversary Blu Ray soars.
Coming of age with 'Mockingbird'.
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley looks back at how 'Mockingbird' changed our world.
WASHINGTON - "Mockingjay" meet "Mockingbird.
Upcoming events for children at Mockingbird Books.
Mockingbird Books (7220 Woodlawn Ave NE) is hosting several events this month.
Having watched the 50th anniversary showing of "To Kill A Mockingbird" last night brought up a host of questions and concerns.
On Thursday night, President Obama introduces a screening of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' released 50 years ago.
At The Shops at Mockingbird, located in Dallas.
The Shops at Mockingbird is an 80,000-sq.-ft.
Landmark Southern film 'To Kill A Mockingbird ' resonates worldwide.
Blu-Ray Review: To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition.
'To Kill a Mockingbird ' still resonates.
' Mockingbird Lane' review: A good one-off.
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