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mock·ing·bird

 (mŏk′ĭng-bûrd′)
n.
Any of several species of New World birds of the family Mimidae, especially Mimus polyglottos, a gray and white bird of North America and the Caribbean islands, noted for the ability to mimic the sounds of other birds.
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mockingbird

(ˈmɒkɪŋˌbɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) Austral any American songbird of the family Mimidae, having a long tail and grey plumage: noted for their ability to mimic the song of other birds
2. (Animals) a small scrub bird, Atrichornis rufescens, noted for its mimicry
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mock•ing•bird

(ˈmɒk ɪŋˌbɜrd)

n.
any of several New World songbirds of the family Mimidae that appropriate the calls of other bird species, esp. Mimus polyglottos, of the U.S. and Mexico, having gray, white, and black plumage.
[1670–80, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mockingbird - long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birdsmockingbird - long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
genus Mimus, Mimus - type genus of the family Mimidae: mockingbirds
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Translations
drozd mnohohlasý

mockingbird

[ˈmɒkɪŋbɜːd] Nsinsonte m, zenzontle m (LAm)
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mockingbird

[ˈmɒkɪŋbɜːrd] nmoqueur mmock-Tudor [ˌmɒkˈtjuːdər] adj [house, mansion] → de style Tudor
a mock-Tudor mansion → un manoir de style Tudormock-up [ˈmɒkʌp] nmaquette f
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mockingbird

nSpottdrossel f
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mockingbird

[ˈmɒkɪŋˌbɜːd] nmimo (uccello)
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References in classic literature ?
The parrot and the mockingbird were the property of Madame Lebrun, and they had the right to make all the noise they wished.
The buckeye does not grow in New England, and the mockingbird is rarely heard here.
Scientists believe mockingbirds mimic other birds to make a territory sound crowded.
* "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.
According to Wikipedia, mockingbirds 'are best known for the habit of some species mimicking the songs of other birds and the sounds of insects and amphibians, often loudly and in rapid succession.' Mockingbirds don't sing their own songs.
"There is a line which says mockingbirds don't do one thing, but make it easier for us to enjoy.
Mockingbirds are not my favourite species - especially the last few I've been out with.
Atticus Finch, the character of Lee's novel, provides air guns to his kids, allowing them to kill any bird they see except the mockingbirds.
(8) Whitman may have seen mockingbirds while on his trip to New Orleans in 1848; since the mockingbird is prevalent in the South, it seems likely that he would have had the opportunity to see mockingbirds and to listen to their distinctive song.
This phrase is later explained by Scout's neighbour who states that "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...
Karen Spears Zacharias (author); A SILENCE OF MOCKINGBIRDS; MacAdam/Cage (Nonfiction: True Crime) 25.00 ISBN: 9781596923751
"A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder" follows investigative journalist and author Karen Spears Zacharias as she looks for the truth in what happened to her friend's daughter, Karly.