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cat·bird

 (kăt′bûrd′)
n.
1. A songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) of North and Central America having predominantly slate plumage and a cry like the mew of a cat.
2. Any of various other species of birds having a similar cry, especially one of several birds of Australia and New Guinea related to the bowerbirds.

catbird

(ˈkætˌbɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) any of several North American songbirds of the family Mimidae (mockingbirds), esp Dumetella carolinensis, whose call resembles the mewing of a cat
2. (Animals) any of several Australian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopoeetes, having a catlike call

cat•bird

(ˈkætˌbɜrd)

n.
a songbird with catlike vocalizations, esp. a common slate-colored member of the mockingbird family, Dumetella carolinensis, inhabiting the E and central U.S.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract femalescatbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, satin bird, satin bowerbird - of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female is light grey-green
Chlamydera nuchalis, great bowerbird - large bowerbird of northern Australia
2.catbird - North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewingcatbird - North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Translations

catbird

[ˈkætbɜːd] N to be (sitting) in the catbird seat (US) → sentirse seguro
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A catbird, the Northern mocker, lit in a tree over Tom's head, and trilled out her imitations of her neighbors in a rapture of enjoyment; then a shrill jay swept down, a flash of blue flame, and stopped on a twig almost within the boy's reach, cocked his head to one side and eyed the strangers with a consuming curiosity; a gray squirrel and a big fellow of the "fox" kind came skurrying along, sitting up at intervals to inspect and chatter at the boys, for the wild things had probably never seen a human being before and scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not.
muttered Hawkeye, with an inward laugh, "to go through life, like a catbird, mocking all the ups and downs that may happen to come out of other men's throats.
Wild vines entangled the trees and flaunted in their faces; brambles and briers caught their clothes as they passed; the garter snake glided across their path; the spotted toad hopped and waddled before them; and the restless catbird mewed at them from every thicket.
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