American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various New World songbirds of the genus Toxostoma, related to the mockingbird and having a long tail, a long curved beak, and usually a brown head and back.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See thresher.
- n. 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-birdfrom 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.
- n. One who thrashes.
- n. Any of several New World passerine songbirds, of the genera Toxostoma, Allenia, Margarops, Oreoscoptes and Ramphocinclus in the family Mimidae, that have a long, downward-curved beak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, thrashes grain; a thrashing machine.
- n. (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.
- n. (Zoöl.) A name given to the brown thrush and other allied species. See Brown thrush.
- n. thrush-like American songbird able to mimic other birdsongs
- n. large pelagic shark of warm seas with a whiplike tail used to round up small fish on which to feed
- n. a farm machine for separating seeds or grain from the husks and straw
- Perhaps alteration of thrush1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The thrasher is a strong fish, twenty feet long, and of great weight.”
“As a machine that German workmen have invented and that is called a thrasher, but is at the same time a chopper — it has chains and knives, and cuts up the straw and thrashes the grain at the same time — so did Sprinkler and Razor work together, slaughtering their enemies, one from above and the other from below.”
“They are very mischievious, but the second enemy is much more terrible and irresistible; it is the killer, sometimes called the thrasher, a species of whales about thirty feet long.”
“The thrasher is the port-admiral of the station, and his blows are so many guns to enforce his orders to sail forthwith. ”
“thrasher," about fifteen feet in length, blunt-nosed, strong of jaw, with cruel teeth.”
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“Excuse me folks, muzzle loader season is open and old thrasher and I have a date!!”
“The copse was loud with birds; a gang of titmice was foraging in the oak clump to the left, and I could hear what I thought was a thrasher in the near distance.”
“(Answers: a. white crowned sparrow b. brown thrasher c. barred owl)”
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