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thresher Syllabification: thresh·er
Pronunciation: /ˈTHreSHər/

Definition of thresher in English:


1A person or machine that separates grain from the plants by beating.
Example sentences
  • 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
Example sentences
  • ‘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.

Words that rhyme with thresher

flesher, fresher, pressure

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