thrasher

Definitions

  • brown thrasher
    brown thrasher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thrasher large pelagic shark of warm seas with a whiplike tail used to round up small fish on which to feed
    • n thrasher thrush-like American songbird able to mimic other birdsongs
    • n thrasher a farm machine for separating seeds or grain from the husks and straw
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sickle-billed thrasher Sickle-billed thrasher
Thrashers' Road Engine Thrashers' Road Engine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thrasher (Zoöl) A large and voracious shark (Alopias vulpes), remarkable for the great length of the upper lobe of its tail, with which it beats, or thrashes, its prey. It is found both upon the American and the European coasts. Called also fox shark sea ape sea fox slasher swingle-tail, and thrasher shark.
    • Thrasher (Zoöl) A name given to the brown thrush and other allied species. See Brown thrush.
    • Thrasher One who, or that which, thrashes grain; a thrashing machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thrasher See thresher.
    • n thrasher A kind of throstle or thrush; specifically, in the United States, a thrushlike bird of the genus Harporhynchus, of which there are numerous species, related to the mocking-bird, and less nearly to the birds commonly called thrushes. The best-known, and the only one found in the greater part of the United States, is H. rufus, the brown thrush or brown thrasher, also called sandy mocking-bird from its color and shape and power of mimicry, in which latter respect it approaches the true mocker, Mimus polyglottus. Its proper song, heard only from the male and in the breeding-season, is loud, rich, skilfully modulated, and well sustained. This bird is very common in shrubbery and undergrowth, especially southward. It is bright rufous above, nearly uniform; below whitish shaded with pale flaxen-brown or cinnamon, and heavily marked with chains of dark-brown streaks, the throat immaculate, with a necklace of oval spots. The length is about 11 inches, the extent only 13 or 14, as the tail is long and the wings are short. It builds in a bush, occasionally on the ground, a bulky nest of twigs, leaves, bark-strips, and rootlets, and lays from four to six eggs, whitish or greenish, profusely speckled with brown, about an inch long and ¾ inch broad. A similar but darker-colored thrasher is H. longirostris of Texas. In New Mexico, Arizona, and California there are several others, showing great variation in the length and curvature of the bill, and quite different in color from the common thrasher. Such are the curve-billed, H. curvirostris; the bow-billed, H. c. palmeri; the Arizona, H. bendirei; the St. Lucas, H. cinereus of Lower California; the California, H. redivivus; the Yuma, H. lecontei; and the crissal, H. crissalis—all found over the Mexican border.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thrasher thrash′ėr an American throstle or thrush, the brown thrush or sandy mocking-bird
    • Thrasher Also Thresh′er
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Usage

In literature:

She had as one of her passengers an American, L. C. Thrasher, who lost his life when the ship sank.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
They had probably robbed the thrashers.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Why is the thrasher so stealthy?
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
In Coahuila the Long-billed Thrasher seems to be uncommon.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
It is wonderful, anyway, with what an ecstasy the thrasher will sometimes sing.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
Outside, in the smoky, warm dusk, a thrasher still sang.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Dat Thrasher stuff his mouf wid plums, Den he caper on down to de dancin'.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Like many another bird, however, the thrasher, although not afraid of sparrows, disliked a continual row.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Then, drawn by many sturdy oxen, the big thrasher rolled in, and the pace grew faster still.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
The killer, the sword-fish, and the thrasher trouble us at home.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI" by Louisa M. Alcott
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In news:

Listen for the rich songs of the thrasher .
Jason Thrasher poses for a portrait at Hotel Indigo in Athens, Ga.
Wife, Beth Hall Thrasher , and two beautiful daughters ages 4 and 7.
Marge Thrasher White, born Margie LuRae Borg, February 26, 1934, Marge Thrasher White died after a long illness on August 17th, 2012.
Jets look to wipe away Thrasher memories.
INTERVIEWS No Blood, No Glory: Thrasher Party Wilding at SXSW.
Odd Future's Tyler the Creator performs for Thrasher Death Match at Scoot In / Photo by Ian Witlen.
Mary Ann Thrasher , age 71, of Portage, died on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Valparaiso.
She was born on March 28, 1938 in Gary, the daughter of Lee and Ethel (Casperson) Thrasher , both of whom preceded her in death.
Mary is survived by her brother, Lee W (Doris) Thrasher .
Garry Gibbs and The Thrasher Big Band Live at Luna Whaling City Sound.
See six species of thrasher at this little-known desert hotspot west of Phoenix.
"We really want to ensure that everyone is welcome in the Republican Party," says State Senator John Thrasher .
Seattle thrashers Vagrant rip through a short-but-intense set live on KEXP's Sonic Reducer.
From Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia, this is Todd Thrasher's extraordinary invention.
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