Definition of mistle thrush in English:

mistle thrush

Line breaks: mis¦tle thrush
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪs(ə)l
 
/
(also missel thrush)

noun

  • A large Eurasian thrush with a spotted breast and harsh rattling call, with a fondness for mistletoe berries.
    • Turdus viscivorus, family Turdidae
    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.

Origin

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

More definitions of mistle thrush

Definition of mistle thrush in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw