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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Thrush  \Thrush\,  n.  [OE.  [thorn]rusche,  AS  [thorn]rysce;  akin 
  to  OHG.  drosca  droscea  droscela  and  E.  throstle.  Cf 
  {Throstle}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  singing  birds 
  belonging  to  {Turdus}  and  allied  genera.  They  are  noted 
  for  the  sweetness  of  their  songs. 
 
  Note:  Among  the  best-known  European  species  are  the  song 
  thrush  or  throstle  ({Turdus  musicus}),  the  missel 
  thrush  (see  under  {Missel}),  the  European  redwing,  and 
  the  blackbird.  The  most  important  American  species  are 
  the  wood  thrush  ({Turdus  mustelinus}),  Wilson's  thrush 
  ({T.  fuscescens}),  the  hermit  thrush  (see  under 
  {Hermit}),  Swainson's  thrush  ({T.  Alici[ae]}),  and  the 
  migratory  thrush,  or  American  robin  (see  {Robin}). 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  singing  birds 
  more  or  less  resembling  the  true  thrushes  in  appearance  or 
  habits;  as  the  thunderbird  and  the  American  brown  thrush 
  (or  thrasher).  See  {Brown  thrush}. 
 
  {Ant  thrush}.  See  {Ant  thrush},  {Breve},  and  {Pitta}. 
 
  {Babbling  thrush},  any  one  of  numerous  species  of  Asiatic 
  timaline  birds;  --  called  also  {babbler}. 
 
  {Fruit  thrush},  any  species  of  bulbul. 
 
  {Shrike  thrush}.  See  under  {Shrike}. 
 
  {Stone  thrush},  the  missel  thrush;  --  said  to  be  so  called 
  from  its  marbled  breast. 
 
  {Thrush  nightingale}.  See  {Nightingale},  2. 
 
  {Thrush  tit},  any  one  of  several  species  of  Asiatic  singing 
  birds  of  the  genus  {Cochoa}.  They  are  beautifully  colored 
  birds  allied  to  the  tits,  but  resembling  thrushes  in  size 
  and  habits. 
 
  {Water  thrush}. 
  a  The  European  dipper. 
  b  An  American  warbler  ({Seiurus  Noveboracensis}). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Babbler  \Bab"bler\,  n. 
  1.  An  idle  talker;  an  irrational  prater;  a  teller  of  secrets. 
 
  Great  babblers,  or  talkers,  are  not  fit  for  trust. 
  --L'Estrange. 
 
  2.  A  hound  too  noisy  on  finding  a  good  scent. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  name  given  to  any  one  of  family 
  ({Timalin[ae]})  of  thrushlike  birds,  having  a  chattering 
  note. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  babbler 
  n  :  any  of  various  insectivorous  Old  World  birds  with  a  loud 
  incessant  song;  in  some  classifications  considered 
  members  of  the  family  Muscicapidae  [syn:  {cackler}] 




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