Definition of thresher in English:

thresher

Line breaks: thresh¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈθrɛʃə
 
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noun

  • 1A person or machine that separates grain from corn or other crops by beating.
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    • Agriculture thrives on the other side of those hills; grain threshers reaping wheat, trucks full of tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons.
    • Drilling rigs replaced grain threshers and steam tractors at a frenzied pace.
    • Magnus described respiratory symptoms among threshers of grain in 1555.
  • 2 (also thresher shark) A surface-living shark with a long upper lobe to the tail. Threshers often hunt in pairs, lashing the water with their tails to herd fish into a tightly packed shoal.
    • Alopias vulpinus, family Alopidae
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    • ‘In September a thresher shark was spotted near Turbot Bank, off Freshwater West,’ said Mark Burton, assistant marine conservation officer at Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.
    • At 28m to the west of the channel mouth is an interesting pinnacle which acts as a magnet for schooling fish and their predators, including the infamous ‘grim reaper’ - the thresher shark.
    • Peering through my viewfinder, I could scarcely believe what I was seeing, because the pelagic thresher shark is extremely rare.

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