from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird, or an imitation of one, used as a lure to entice others into a net or within gunshot.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
“I must serve as famed bigwig and decoy-bird … I am doing whatever I can for my tribal brethren, who are being treated so vilely everywhere.”
The leader of the wild birds, with a counter-note of challenge, pushes forward to attack the decoy-bird, and after he has been netted, another advances with
Goldfinches eat dock-seed, and if any approach the decoy-bird calls.
"In an hour's time I am going to Asclepiodorus; but we must not demand the girl till to-morrow, for today she must remain in the temple as a decoy-bird for Publius Scipio."
Leicester, who watched all his motions, was at length satisfied that his purpose was effected, -- the victim was inveigled beyond the power of retreat or escape, and it was time for the decoy-bird to slip out of the snare.
They ended by admitting her into the sisterhood of this convent, excusing the payment of the large sum usually demanded; and as her darkness was now great in proportion to the measure of light against which she had sinned, they found her a valuable decoy-bird to draw others into the snare.
I only want at present the voice of the decoy-bird.