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tree pie

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Definition of tree pie in English:

noun

A long-tailed tree-dwelling Asian crow, with blackish or brown and grey plumage.
  • Family Corvidae: three genera, in particular Dendrocitta, and several species
Example sentences
  • For future reference you can always tell the real tree pie by its distinctive yellow bands.
  • On the first morning, sitting on the lawns, one watched tree pies and drongos taking the first rays of the sun atop a dried up tree.
  • Also, two frequent avian guests are the tree pies, with their very conspicuous long tails; and the small, blackish-grey spotted fantails, with their cocky, up-turned tails.

Origin

late 19th century: pie from pie2.

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