Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird supposed to foretell rain by its cries or actions, as the rain-crow. Many birds become noisy or uneasy before rain, the popular belief having thus considerable foundation in fact.
- n. The large ground-cuckoo of Jamaica, Saurothera vetula; also, a related cuckoo, Piaya pluvialis.
“The Anula tribe of Northern Australia associate the dollar-bird with rain, and call it the rain-bird.”
“This pretty dark bird with the black and white and crimson plumage is the rain-bird -- the blue-billed gaper; and this softly-feathered fellow with the bristles at the side of his bill is a trogon.”
“With all its heart the rain-bird longs for the shower of rain;”
“The rain-bird wails in thirst for the rain: almost she dies of her longing, yet she would have none other water than the rain.”
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