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Definition of THRASHER

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Song \Song\ (s[o^]ng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s["o]ngr, Goth. saggws. See {Sing}.]
     1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc. "That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets." --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

     2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad. [1913 Webster]

     3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem. [1913 Webster]

              The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
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              This subject for heroic song.         --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     5. An object of derision; a laughingstock.
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              And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
                                                    --Job xxx. 9. [1913 Webster]

     6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song. "The soldier's pay is a song." --Silliman. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     {Old song}, a trifle; nothing of value. "I do not intend to be thus put off with an old song." --Dr. H. More.

     {Song bird} (Zool.), any singing bird; one of the {Oscines}.


     {Song sparrow} (Zool.), a very common North American sparrow ({Melospiza fasciata}, or {Melospiza melodia}) noted for the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in the center.

     {Song thrush} (Zool.), a common European thrush ({Turdus musicus}), noted for its melodius song; -- called also {mavis}, {throstle}, and {thrasher}. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Thrasher \Thrash"er\, Thresher \Thresh"er\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, thrashes grain; a thrashing machine. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Zool.) A large and voracious shark ({Alopias vulpes}), remarkable for the great length of the upper lobe of its tail, with which it beats, or thrashes, its prey. It is found both upon the American and the European coasts. Called also {fox shark}, {sea ape}, {sea fox}, {slasher}, {swingle-tail}, and {thrasher shark}. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Zool.) A name given to the brown thrush and other allied species. See {Brown thrush}. [1913 Webster]

     {Sage thrasher}. (Zool.) See under {Sage}.

     {Thrasher whale} (Zool.), the common killer of the Atlantic. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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