from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bird that imitates; a parrot.
- A mocking-bird.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) The European sedge warbler (
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A bird, the European sedge warbler (Acrocephalus phragmitis).
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The mockbird of Carolina is a fine bold creature, which mimics the various voices of the forest, both in captivity and in the enjoyment of natural freedom.
Our music was the responsive love-lays of the painted nonpareil, and the alert and gay mockbird; whilst the brilliant humming-bird darted through the flowery groves, suspended in air, and drank nectar from the flowers of the yellow Jasmine, Lonicera, Andromeda, and sweet Azalea.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
For Tacitus's "chaste grove" we have the expression, like the note of a mockbird, "_just_ places", -- when places do not favour either combatant: ( "fundi Germanos acie et _justis locis" _ An. II.