Definition of shama in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːmə/


A long-tailed forest thrush of southern Asia, typically having blackish plumage with a reddish-brown belly.
  • Genus Copsychus, family Turdidae: five species
Example sentences
  • Flocks of wintering water birds include the thrush, the kingfisher, the robin, the shama, the barbet, the bee-eater, the flycatcher, the sunbird, the bulbul and the drongo.
  • Arguably the best songbird, the shama is a forest dweller and difficult to spot.
  • Chinese thrushes compete with other birds with extraordinary names: white-rumped shamas, red-whiskered bulbuls.


Mid 19th century: from Hindi śyāma, from Sanskrit.

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