Definition of crissal thrasher in English:

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crissal thrasher

Pronunciation: /ˈkrisəl ˌTHraSHər/


A large gray thrasher (songbird) with a red patch under the tail, found in the southwestern US and Mexico.
  • Toxostoma dorsale (or crissale) , family Mimidae.
Example sentences
  • The most prominent feature of the crissal thrasher is its very distinctive long curved bill.
  • The crissal thrasher is mostly a uniform grayish brown, with a long, dark tail and a very long, decurved bill.
  • There you can find nesting the crissal thrasher and the black-chinned sparrow.


Late 19th century: crissal from modern Latin crissum (denoting the vent region of a bird) + -al.

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Syllabification: cris·sal thrash·er

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