from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A North American songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) having predominantly slate plumage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two species of American mockingbird relatives, the grey catbird and the black catbird.
- n. Either of four species of Australasian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopooetes.
- n. A babbler-like bird from eastern Africa, Parophasma galinieri.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American bird (Galeoscoptes Carolinensis), allied to the mocking bird, and like it capable of imitating the notes of other birds, but less perfectly. Its note resembles at times the mewing of a cat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wellknown oscine passerine bird of North America, Mimus caro-linensis, one of the mocking-thrushes, related to the mocking-bird.
- n. An Australian name of members of the genus Ælurœdus: so called on account of the resemblance of their notes to the calls of a cat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
- n. North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing
"This is a triumph of his, not a desperate, tragic failure," Anita Thompson said by phone, recounting that she was sitting in her husband's chair he called his catbird seat in the Rockies.
Yesterday he called a catbird to within a few feet of him, by reproducing the notes as uttered and inflected by the female. "
The thrasher, or red thrush, sneaks and skulks like a culprit, hiding in the densest alders; the catbird is a coquette and a flirt, as well as a sort of female Paul Pry; and the chewink shows his inhospitality by espying your movements like a detective.
Her Majesty, dressed in canary yellow, watched it all from her catbird seat in the mezzanine.
In an analysis, Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker explains why he thinks Rubio is in "the catbird seat" to win:
Things were fine, except for a catbird trapped inside the netting that covers the blueberry bushes.
I want to convince you that teachers could be -- should be -- in the catbird seat.
The game was tight in the first half, but foul trouble put the Wildcats in the catbird seat.
Coming from man who pretended nothing was wrong when the economy was collapsing and who consistently made a fool of himself and of us Americans whenever he went overseas to this "dangerous world"? catbird
If the economy instead accelerates to the point where the Fed is compelled to switch course and start raising rates sooner, it will be sitting in the catbird seat.