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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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