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thunderbird Line breaks: thun¦der|bird
Pronunciation: /ˈθʌndəbəːd/

Definition of thunderbird in English:


1A mythical bird thought by some North American Indians to bring thunder.
Example sentences
  • The patch - painted to depict a North American Indian mythical half-eagle, half-hawk thunderbird - is hallowed ground.
  • The two two-metre tall totems - one of a bear and the other of a thunderbird - were carved by Squamish Nation carver Ritchie Baker and stood on the school grounds for more than 20 years.
  • Doreen Jensen works with Cassandra Malley on her thunderbird design at the button blanket workshop.
2Australian Either of two thickheads (birds) which become noisy before and during thunderstorms.

Words that rhyme with thunderbird

lyrebird • bowerbird

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