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

  • n. Any of numerous migratory songbirds of the family Turdidae, usually having brownish upper plumage and a spotted breast and noted for a clear melodious song.
  • n. Any of various similar or related birds, as a water thrush or thrasher.
  • n. Slang A woman who sings popular songs.
  • n. A contagious disease caused by a fungus, Candida albicans, that occurs most often in infants and children, characterized by small whitish eruptions on the mouth, throat, and tongue, and usually accompanied by fever, colic, and diarrhea.
  • n. An infection of the frog of a horse's foot, characterized by a foul-smelling discharge and often resulting from unhygienic stall conditions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of songbirds of the family Turdidae, often with spotted underbellies such as the bluebird, nightingale, and robin have.
  • n. A female singer.
  • n. A fungal infection caused by Candida, now especially of the vagina; candidiasis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of singing birds belonging to Turdus and allied genera. They are noted for the sweetness of their songs.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of singing birds more or less resembling the true thrushes in appearance or habits; as the thunderbird and the American brown thrush (or thrasher). See Brown thrush.
  • n. An affection of the mouth, fauces, etc., common in newly born children, characterized by minute ulcers called aphthæ. See aphthæ.
  • n. An inflammatory and suppurative affection of the feet in certain animals. In the horse it is in the frog.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of the family Turdidæ, and especially of the genus Turdus in a broad sense; specifically, the throstle, song-thrush, or mavis of Europe, Turdus musicus.
  • n. Some bird not of the thrush family, mistaken for a thrush or compared to a thrush: with a qualifying epithet.
  • n. See Scisura.
  • n. A diseased condition of the frog of the horse's foot, characterized by a fetid discharge: it is generally ascribed to the irritation of wet and filth.
  • n. Parasitic stomatitis, caused by the thrush-fungus. Also called aphthæ, sprew, sprue.
  • n. See thurse and hobthrush.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. candidiasis of the oral cavity; seen mostly in infants or debilitated adults
  • n. songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
  • n. a woman who sings popular songs


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

Middle English thrushe, from Old English thrysce.
Probably of Scandinavian origin.

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From a combination of Old English þrȳsce (from Proto-Germanic *þrūskjōn) and Old English *þrēasce (attested in Anglian þrǣsce; from Proto-Germanic *þrauskōn).

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Origin uncertain; perhaps compare Swedish torsk, Danish trøske.


  • Also I think I have thrush - well at least I hope its just thrush…

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  • I found some relief with liberal applications of bag balm, as well as by using these things called Second Skin bandages (which are moist bandages used for burns) between feedings – but use those with care because if you leave them on too long you can get thrush from the damp environment.

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  • Its recoil might, with a following wind, dislodge a thrush from a thistle-but as I saw when I hunted in Sweden, ungulates of all sizes fell down smartly when shot with the 6.5, just as fast as they would if smacked with something that would take the turret off an M-1 tank.

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  • Your tongue can also develop cysts, ulcers, herpes infections, and yeast infections which are called thrush; milk of magnesia or nystatin can chase the yeast right out of your mouth.

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  • The word thrush sounded so smooth and poetic compared to the raging fire and irritation that was in my throat.

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  • This is called thrush and is treated orally with nystatin drops.


  • There is the song of the hermit thrush from the deep wood, the sight of a hawk or an eagle soaring silent above it all.

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  • The old man was so eager for news that it was difficult to fix him to the object of our inquiries; and then he expatiated on the attractions of the neighbourhood, and the “chasse magnifique de grèves,” as he called thrush-shooting, in the country round, if we came to Porto-Torres in the month of December.

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  • The idea seemed so good that, first glancing round to see that he was not observed, he called a thrush, who had been coming to the hawthorn, but dared not enter it while the king was there.

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  • A yeast infection of the mouth is commonly known as thrush and is caused by candida fungus … This type of infection can truly test the sanity of any man or woman and therefore, many try to get rid of yeast infection as quickly as possible.

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  • See also sturdy.

    June 1, 2018

  • a person who sings!

    March 1, 2009

  • Strange that Wierdnet cites the disease before the songbird.

    March 1, 2009

  • let's be candid(a)

    thrush is no great rush

    March 1, 2009

  • A woman who sings popular songs, weirdnet? Aren't you forgetting to mention that she is your uncle's sworn enemy?

    January 12, 2009

  • You are in two minds

    Tossing a coin to decide whether you should tell your folks

    About a dose of thrush you got when licking railings

    But you read in a book

    That you got free in Boots

    There are lotions, there are potions

    You can take to hide your shame from all those prying eyes.

    (Lazy line painter Jane, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 5, 2008