from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
mistlethrush. Imp. Dict.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Mistletoe.
- noun (Zoöl.) a large European thrush (
Turdus viscivorus) which feeds on the berries of the mistletoe; -- called also mistletoe thrushand missel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete
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The people of Hampshire and Sussex call the missel-bird the storm-cock, because it sings early in the spring in blowing, showery weather; its song often commences with the year: with us it builds much in orchards.
There are also the crocus, the missel thrush, the cuckoo, the blackthorn, etc.
Do you suppose he's forgotten the Cuban missel crisis when soviet nuclear weapons were pointed at us only 90 miles from our shore?
Notes and comments on missel defense treasties, rules of engagement, stuuf like that.
One of them was a noble bird, such as I never had seen before, of very fine bright plumage, and larger than a missel-thrush.
Then hand in hand they soberly left the quiet resting-place, the missel-thrush peering out of its bold eye at their retreating figures.
He devours the berries eagerly, and soils, or "missels" his feet with their viscid seeds, conveying them thus from tree to tree, and getting thence the name of missel thrush.
_ A bird which builds chiefly in apple - trees; I believe it is the _Turdus viscivorus, _ or missel.
In size it is not much larger than a missel thrush.
The kingfisher darts along like an arrow; fern-owls, or goat-suckers, glance in the dusk over the tops of trees like a meteor; starlings, as it were, swim along, while missel-thrushes use a wild and desultory flight; swallows sweep over the surface of the ground and water, and distinguish themselves by rapid turns and quick evolutions; swifts dash round in circles; and the bank-martin moves with frequent vacillations, like a butterfly.