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shrike

Syllabification: shrike
Pronunciation: /SHrīk
 
/

Definition of shrike in English:

noun

1A songbird with a strong sharply hooked bill, often impaling its prey of small birds, lizards, and insects on thorns. Also called butcherbird.
Example sentences
  • Because their feet are not large or strong enough to hold prey, shrikes find a crotch in a tree, a thorn, or barbed wire to hang their prey on while they eat.
  • The horned lizard Phrynosoma mcalli apparently uses the horns on its head to deter the shrike, a bird fond of impaling lizards on thorns or barbed wire for later consumption.
  • Shrike babblers were originally described as shrikes, because of their hooked bill, but have been subsequently placed among babblers.
1.1Used in names of birds similar to the shrike, e.g., peppershrike.

Origin

mid 16th century: perhaps related to Old English scrīc 'thrush' and Middle Low German schrīk 'corncrake', of imitative origin.

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