American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various carnivorous oscine birds of the family Laniidae, having a screeching call and a strong hooked bill with a toothlike projection and often impaling its prey on sharp-pointed thorns or barbs of wire fencing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of shriek.
- n. A dentirostral oscine passerine bird of the family Laniidæ, having a notably strong hooked and toothed bill, and of actively predaceous nature; a butcher-bird; a nine-killer; a Wood-chat. The species are very numerous, and are found in most parts of the world. The most characteristic habit of these birds—at least of those of the genus Lanius and of some allied genera—is to catch and kill more insects, small birds, and small quadrupeds than they devour at once, and to impale these victims on a thorn or sharp twig. The great gray or cinereous shrike of Europe is Lanius excubitor, of which the corresponding American species is the northern butcher-bird, L. borealis. The loggerhead shrike of the United States is L. ludovicianus. The red-backed shrike of Europe is Lanius or Enneoclonus callurio (see
wood-chat). See cuts under butcherbird, Lanius, and Pachycephala.
- n. One of many different birds that resemble shrikes, or were held to belong to the genus Lanius. This was a Linnean genus, of amplitude and elasticity, and all the birds that were put in it used to be recorded in the books as shrikes of some sort, whence many English phrase-names, now practically obsolete except in some hyphenated compounds. Among these birds were various thrushes, ant-thrushes of both worlds, flycatchers, starlings, etc. See phrases below, and bush-shrike, drongo-shrike, swallow-shrike, Artamidæ, Dicruridæ, and Thamnophilinæ.
- n. Any of various passerine birds of the family Laniidae which are known for their habit of catching other birds and small animals and impaling the uneaten portions of their bodies on thorns.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family
Laniidæ, having a strong hooked bill, toothed at the tip. Most shrikes are insectivorous, but the common European gray shrike (Lanius excubitor), the great northern shrike (L. borealis), and several others, kill mice, small birds, etc., and often impale them on thorns, and are, on that account called also butcher birds. See under butcher.
- n. any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals
- Probably from Middle English *shrik, from Old English scrīc, thrush. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes we would carry 500 lb bombs, sometimes 750 lb bombs, sometimes 1000 lb bombs, and other times 3000 lb bombs as well as CBU and what they call a shrike missile.”
“She looked around: the kanji composition that he had received from Philip Yano hung on one wall and on the other was a brush painting of a bird called a shrike sitting on a twisted piece of limb.”
“Still more melodious is the call of the wood-shrike, which is frequently heard at this season, and indeed during the greater part of the year.”
“The shrike is his worst enemy, the swift swoop of his cruel beak being always fatal in a flock of chickadees.”
“Probably it is because the shrike is a rare visitant, and is not found in this part of the country during the nesting season of our songsters.”
“That's possible, but I've never heard anyone in the South call a shrike a catbird.”
“All these creatures, he informed them, were placed there by the bird which François had shot, and which was no other than the "shrike" or "butcher-bird" -- a name by which it is more familiarly known, and which it receives from the very habit they had just observed.”
“All these creatures, he informed them, were placed there by the bird which Francois had shot, and which was no other than the "shrike" (_Lanius_) or "butcher-bird" -- a name by which it is more familiarly known, and which it receives from the very habit they had just observed.”
“We usually English the word by “nightingale;” but it is a kind of shrike or butcher-bird (Lanius Boulboul.”
“The Ethiopian boubou's other common name, the bell shrike, is in honour of its courtship song, a duet that both the male and female sing.”
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