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rainbird

Line breaks: rain|bird
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪnbəːd
 
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Definition of rainbird in English:

noun

A bird that is said to foretell rain by its call, especially (in Britain) the green woodpecker or (in South Africa) a kind of coucal.
Example sentences
  • It was a slightly glum day, the vivid blue of the sky partially hidden by overcast, and the silky gray rainbirds taking flight in the chill air.
  • For the first time in the last seven days, the sun rose over Vaskio with a purpose, and the rainbirds graced the sky.
  • Just a moment after his words, a silvery rainbird flew down from the tree tops, and behind the blonde-haired woman.

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