Definitions

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  • n. The red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio); -- called also würger, worrier, and throttler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See warriangle.

Etymologies

Old English wariangel, weryangle; compare Anglo-Saxon wearg outlaw, criminal, Old High German, warg, warch, Gothic wargs (in compounds), German würgengel, i.e. destroying angel, destroyer, killer, and English worry. (Wiktionary)

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  • Provincial nickname for the Red-Backed Shrike. Was also spelled warriangle or weirangle.

    August 26, 2008

  • I think it depends more on the size of their little hypotenuses. Or really on the angle of their... well. I'll leave that alone.

    March 17, 2008

  • I suppose, depending on their little avian IQ's, wariangles could be classified as being obtuse or acute.

    March 17, 2008

  • "'There is your wariangle again, carrying a mouse, upon my word.'

    "Stephen spoke of shrikes he had known, particularly the woodchat shrike of his boyhood, at some length; and he offered to show Jack the difference between the chiffchaff and the willow-wren, several of which were flitting about in the leaves just overhead."
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 81

    March 16, 2008