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1. A thrushlike warbler (Seiurus aurocapilla) of the Americas, having a loud call and characteristically building a domed, oven-shaped nest on the ground. Also called teacher bird.
2. Any of various South American birds of the family Furnariidae, especially of the genus Furnarius.

[From its oven-shaped nest.]


1. (Animals) any of numerous small brownish South American passerine birds of the family Furnariidae that build oven-shaped clay nests
2. (Animals) a common North American warbler, Seiurus aurocapillus, that has an olive-brown striped plumage with an orange crown and builds a cup-shaped nest on the ground


(ˈʌv ənˌbɜrd)

1. a North American wood warbler, Seiurus aurocapillus, that builds an oven-shaped nest on the forest floor.
2. any of numerous suboscine songbirds of the family Furnariidae, ranging from S Mexico through South America, some species of which build an oven-shaped nest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ovenbird - American warblerovenbird - American warbler; builds a dome-shaped nest on the ground
New World warbler, wood warbler - small bright-colored American songbird with a weak unmusical song
genus Seiurus, Seiurus - ovenbirds and water thrushes
2.ovenbird - small brownish South American birds that build oven-shaped clay nests
tyrannid - a passerine bird of the suborder Tyranni
Furnarius, genus Furnarius - type genus of the family Furnariidae: ovenbirds
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I'll go chronologically, from "The Oven Bird" in Frost's third book, Mountain Interval in 1916, and work our way to the poem conveniently entitled "Design," from A Further Range in 1936.
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Something similar to Thoreau's valorization of the primitive past over the decay of the civilized present can be seen in Frost's poems "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "The Oven Bird." In "Nothing Gold Can Stay" the narrator, like Thoreau, valorizes the Edenic, pristine past; and, as in "Chesuncook," the narrator notes how this golden "first green" vanishes in a brief hour and gives way to the fallen present, just as "Eden sank to grief" (206).