tyrant bird


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tyrant bird large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
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In literature:

He wakes cherishing his determination to say this to his tyrant, and is conscious of the sun by the warmth, and the unanimity of the birds.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The king-bird, or tyrant fly-catcher, might serve as the type of the order.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Besides those tyrants of Trinidad, the birds and land-crabs, mice, flies, ants, earwigs, and big spiders dwelt in this happy valley.
"The Cruise of the 'Alerte'" by E. F. Knight
Beside this bright Tyrant-bird even the Rainbow Tanagers look pale, and the "Jewel Humming-birds" decidedly sad-coloured.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
Springing on to my horse, I followed, and before going half a mile noticed the Tyrant-bird beginning to show signs of distress.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
It has been said that the kingbird is annoying to other birds, and he is called a tyrant.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

As certain birds prefer the night,
So tyrants always dread the light
Of Freedom! and the laws of right,—
As well they may:
Beware!—we warn you well!—
The people pray!
"On The Fugitive Law" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
In all her early, brightest, days,
When Holland won immortal praise
Her Spanish tyrant's dread!
She play'd not her heroic part
With spirit, nobler than the heart,
Of one mild bird she bred.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
YES, tyrants, you hate us, and fear while you hate
The self-ruling, chain-breaking, throne-shaking State!
The night-birds dread morning,--your instinct is true,--
The day-star of Freedom brings midnight for you!
""Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve"" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am with terrorism
if it is able to free a people
from tyrants and tyranny
if it is able to save man from the cruelty of man
to return lemon, olive tree, and bird to the South of Lebanon
and the smile back to Golan
"I Am With Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani

In news:

Kayo Dot, Death to Tyrants, Wind Up Bird.