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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several medium-sized birds of the genus Sayornis, of North America, noted for the flicking motion of the tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several birds of the genus Sayornis

Etymologies

Imitative of its song (influenced by the name Phoebe).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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