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mockingbird Line breaks: mock¦ing|bird
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒkɪŋbəːd/

Definition of mockingbird in English:

noun

Image of mockingbird
A long-tailed thrush-like songbird with greyish plumage, found mainly in tropical America and noted for its mimicry of the calls and songs of other birds.
Example sentences
  • Francis gives a similar explanation for the exceptional mimicry of mockingbirds, suggesting that mimicry itself was not favored by natural selection.
  • Although first cousin to the melodious mockingbird, a catbird's song is seldom musical.
  • In Massachusetts winter residents include chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, titmice, cardinals, and mockingbirds.

Words that rhyme with mockingbird

dickybird • whirlybird

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