thrush

Definitions

  • THE THRUSH
    THE THRUSH
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thrush songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
    • n thrush a woman who sings popular songs
    • n thrush candidiasis of the oral cavity; seen mostly in infants or debilitated adults
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BROWN THRUSH BROWN THRUSH
Russet-backed thrush Russet-backed thrush
WOOD THRUSH HEARS CLICK OF CAMERA WOOD THRUSH HEARS CLICK OF CAMERA
VEERY OR WILSON'S THRUSH VEERY OR WILSON'S THRUSH
WOOD THRUSH WOOD THRUSH
thrush in tree thrush in tree

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thrush (Med) An affection of the mouth, fauces, etc., common in newly born children, characterized by minute ulcers called aphthæ. See Aphthæ.
    • Thrush (Far) An inflammatory and suppurative affection of the feet in certain animals. In the horse it is in the frog.
    • Thrush (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of singing birds belonging to Turdus and allied genera. They are noted for the sweetness of their songs.
    • Thrush (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of singing birds more or less resembling the true thrushes in appearance or habits; as the thunderbird and the American brown thrush (or thrasher). See Brown thrush.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thrush A bird of the family Turdidæ, and especially of the genus Turdus in a broad sense; specifically, the throstle, song-thrush, or mavis of Europe, Turdus musicus. There are more than a hundred species, nearly all of which have book-names in which thrush enters as a qualified term, and the common species of Great Britain and of the United States all have vernacular designations, in which thrush does or does not enter. No thrushes in any sense are common to the two countries named. In the former the dark-colored thrushes are called blackbirds and ouzels. Several true thrushes are figured under blackbird, 1, fieldfare, hermit thrush, mistle-thrush, ouzel, robin, 2, veery, and wood-thrush.
    • n thrush Some bird not of the thrush family, mistaken for a thrush or compared to a thrush: with a qualifying epithet. Some are shrikes; others are starlings, warblers, etc. See the phrases following, among which few of the names of other than true thrushes are in other than historical use.
    • n thrush See Scisura.
    • n thrush A diseased condition of the frog of the horse's foot, characterized by a fetid discharge: it is generally ascribed to the irritation of wet and filth.
    • n thrush Parasitic stomatitis, caused by the thrush-fungus. Also called aphthæ, sprew, sprue.
    • n thrush See thurse and hobthrush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thrush thrush a genus of Passerine birds of the family Turdidæ, specifically the throstle, song-thrush, or mavis of Europe.
    • n Thrush thrush an inflammatory and suppurating affection of the sensitive surfaces within the frog of the horse: an infantile disease of the mouth and throat.
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Quotations

  • Robert Browning
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    “That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Dan. tröske, Sw. trosk,; cf. Dan. tör, dry, Sw. torr, Icel. þurr, AS. þyrr, OE. thrust, thrist, E. thrist,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. þurr, dry.

Usage

In literature:

The whispering of rushes and the song of thrushes, so varied, so melodious!
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
It was somewhat less than a thrush, and had a large head and bill, and a short tail.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Restored to her old time gaiety, she sang like a thrush as she worked.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
The thrush's song grew fainter in the distance.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
The melancholy song of a hermit thrush pierced the stillness.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
A thrush among vines outside is just now showing us how easy it is to create an ecstasy of music out of silence.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
Goldfinches, bullfinches, a few thrushes, and other autumn birds, were sitting in the aspen trees.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
There is a lark singing above my head, and a thrush somewhere back in the wood there.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
When a hermit thrush sings like that, his nest is somewhere just below.
"Wilderness Ways" by William J Long
She became tearful, and begged him to leave the thrush with her.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
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In poetry:

Corncrake's ancient sorrow
Pains the evening hush,
But the dawn to-morrow
Gladdens with the thrush--
And Summer is a-coming in.
"The Coming-In Of Summer" by Thomas MacDonagh
I so liked Spring last year
Because you were here;-
The thrushes too-
Because it was these you so liked to hear-
I so liked you.
"I So Liked Spring" by Charlotte Mary Mew
In every April wind that sings
Down lanes that make the heart rejoice;
Yea, in the word the wood-thrush brings,
I hear Thy voice.
"An Easter Canticle" by Charles Hanson Towne
Listen to yon thrush's trilling;
Phyllis, Phyllis, are you willing,
When love speaks from cave and tree,
Only we should silent be?
"A Bridal Measure" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Grey grows the dawn while men-folk sleep,
Unseen spreads on the light,
Till the thrush sings to the coloured things,
And earth forgets the night.
"The Day Of Days" by William Morris
Singeth the Thrush, forgetting she is dead....
How could you, Thrush, forget that she is dead?
Or though forgetting, sing--and she is dead?
O hush,
Untimely, truant Thrush!
"The Thrush Sings" by John Freeman

In news:

In this photo released by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, a Bicknell's thrush is seen on East Mountain in East Haven, in July of 2005.
Endangered status considered for Bicknell's thrush (update).
Dan Deacon has released his new video for "True Thrush ," a swirling dance track off his upcoming record, America.
Listen to "True Thrush ".
What do you know about the Wood Thrush .
Do you know why the Wood Thrush is rapidly declining in numbers.
Almost immediately I noted several gorgeous Varied Thrushes around a huge Conifer tree.
Thrush introduces next generation of ag aircraft.
Thrush on Hillary's Low Mark.
It is the first Black-headed Nightingale- Thrush (Catharus mexicanus) ever seen in the United States.
The PZL-104 Wilga (Wilga translates to Thrush ) is built in Warsaw, Poland, by WSK-Okecie.
The Thrush 510G brings new power and versatility to the world of ag flying.
The varied thrush is one of numerous types of birds Whidbey Islanders will count in December.
Director Laurence Thrush's black-and-white movie takes place over a 24-hour period at a county hospital.
Ray Tippet and Wendy Thrush.
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