Definition of crissal thrasher in English:

crissal thrasher

Line breaks: cris|sal thrash¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪs(ə)l


  • A large grey thrasher (songbird) with a red patch under the tail, found in the south-western US and Mexico.
    • Toxostoma dorsale (or crissale), family Mimidae
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    • 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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