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- n. the red-backed shrike.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any species of shrike of the genus Lanius, so called because they impale their prey on thorns.
- n. large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrikelike habit of impaling prey on thorns.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrike; an oscine passerine bird of the family Laniidæ, and especially of the genus Lanius (see these words): so called from its curious habit of killing more than it immediately eats, and sticking what is left upon thorns, as a butcher hangs meat upon hooks.
- n. In Australia, a name of birds of the genus Cracticus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrike-like habit of impaling prey on thorns
- n. shrikes that impale their prey on thorns
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