ricebird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ricebird small finch-like Indonesian weaverbird that frequents rice fields
    • n ricebird migratory American songbird
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ricebird (Zoöl) The Java sparrow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ricebird Another name of the reed-bird: applied to the bobolink in the fall, when it is in yellowish plumage and feeds largely on wild rice (Zizania aquatica), or, in the southern United States, upon cultivated rice, to which it does much damage. The name is little used north of the States where rice is cultivated. Also called rice-bunting and rice-troopial. See reed-bird, and cut under bobolink.
    • n ricebird The paddy-bird, Padda oryzivora, well known in confinement as the Java sparrow, and common in China, etc.
    • n ricebird In Texas, the crow-blackbird, Quiscalus quiscula; in the Sandwich Islands, a subspecies of the Mexican purple fiuch, Carpodacus mexicanus obscurus.
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Usage

In literature:

Had he seen any ricebirds lately?
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
It goes North as the bobolink and goes South as the reedbird or ricebird.
"Endurance Test" by Alan Douglas
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In news:

She once was a "Ricebird," strutting as a medal-winning majorette on a football field alongside a high school mascot named for the birds that flew over swaying fields of rice that dominated her hometown of El Campo, Texas.
MARIANNA – Stuttgart 's Ricebirds erupted for 40 points in the first half Thursday night and cruised to a 43-8 victory over 2-4A Conference foe Marianna.
The Ricebirds handed Lonoke a 49-48 loss, dropping the Jackrabbits to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in the 2-4A Conference.
Ricebirds come off bye week to start playoff run.
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