Definition of mistle thrush in English:

mistle thrush

Syllabification: mis·tle thrush
Pronunciation: /ˈmisəl ˌTHrəSH
(also missel thrush)


A large Eurasian thrush with a spotted breast and harsh rattling call, with a fondness for mistletoe berries.
  • Turdus viscivorus, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae
More example sentences
  • Meanwhile, the chaffinch, great tit, and mistle thrush, which nest high up in trees, have shown no marked decline.
  • Despite the fall in song thrush numbers its bigger cousin, the mistle thrush, is still to be heard, singing its heart out from the tops of trees.
  • For the third year running a mistle thrush has chosen an amber traffic light in Salford to rear her young.


early 17th century: mistle from Old English mistel (see mistletoe).

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