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  • noun The remains of a bird after it has collided with an airplane (bird strike), especially a turbine engine.


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Blend of snot and garbage


  • Behind a door marked FEATHER IDENTIFICATION LAB, Dr. Dove (yes, that's her real name) sorts through shredded feathers, bits of claws or beaks, and sometimes nothing but bird goo called "snarge" — all in an effort to discover, CSI-style, what types of birds crash into military and commercial airplanes.

    BSI: Bird Strike Investigation

  • Ms. Dove calls the morning delivery "snarge," a term of art that combines snot and garbage.

    In Battle on Birds,

  • She calls the contents of her morning mail "snarge," a term that combines snot and garbage.

    Fowl-Ups at the Bagram Airfield

  • The lab's scientists have dubbed this bloody goo "snarge," and it is usually all that is left when bird meets plane.

    Bird Plus Plane Equals Snarge

  • Each day, the Smithsonian Institution's Feather Identification Laboratory receives about a dozen packages from around the country, each containing tissue swabs of snarge for DNA analysis to identify the species of bird.

    Word of the day

  • Divided into sections that cover such categories as evolution, insulation, flight and adornment, "Feathers" stretches from the ancient mists of the late Jurassic to the laboratories of today's Smithsonian Museum, where "snarge"—science slang for what's produced when a bird meets a plane—is analyzed for data.

    Flocking Together

  • How badly do I want to hear Tamara Taylor say, "Any word on the snarge?" and/or "There's human DNA in the snarge"?

    Jamie Frevele: "Double Trouble" for Bones This Week: Two New Episodes

  • Her process involves comparing feathers to the Smithsonian samples and using DNA analysis to identify tissue samples or snarge (a term created from combining "snot" and "garbage").

    BSI: Bird Strike Investigation

  • On a recent tour of her facility, Dove, an easy-going "40-something" woman with blond hair and the accent of her native Fulks Run, Va., showed NEWSWEEK forensic evidence from Flight 1549, including a smelly tub of bagged up snarge and feathers.

    BSI: Bird Strike Investigation

  • * NPR had a story recently that totally reminded me of Bones and featured a word that needs to be on the show, even more than a follow-up mention of pornado - "snarge."

    Jamie Frevele: "Double Trouble" for Bones This Week: Two New Episodes


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    May 13, 2008

  • The remains of a bird that has struck an airplane. Heard today on All Things Considered during a discussion of the Hudson River US Airways jet ditching. Snarge is collected and carefully studied after impact in order to learn more about the bird and the nature of the accident.

    Sorry for the unfortunate mental image, reesetee...

    EDIT: An interesting pictorial on the topic from Wired.

    January 17, 2009

  • Not to worry, skipvia. Been seeing photos like that everywhere since the plane in the Hudson the other day. It's an ongoing and serious problem, and thank heavens in this case everyone survived! :-) Wish I'd see a tad more sympathy for the birds involved, though. I'm sure they weren't thrilled about a mid-air encounter with a giant metal bird. :-(

    January 17, 2009

  • This word grates like a xyster on a shinbone, but I like it.

    January 17, 2009

  • From Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549, by W. Prochnau and L. Parker, p. 34: "On Flight 1549, Smithsonian scientists concluded that the bird parts, known as snarge, removed from the engines, wings, and fuselage came overwhelmingly from Canada geese but also from ducks, doves, and various songbirds."

    June 21, 2010