butcher bird definition

  • noun:
    • the red-backed shrike.
    • any types of shrike of the genus Lanius, so named because they impale their prey on thorns.
    • big carnivorous Australian bird using shrikelike practice of impaling prey on thorns.
    • A shrike; an oscine passerine bird for the family Laniidæ, and particularly associated with genus Lanius (see these words): so named from the inquisitive habit of killing above it immediately eats, and sticking what is kept upon thorns, as a butcher hangs animal meat upon hooks.
    • In Australia, a name of wild birds of genus Cracticus.
    • large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrike-like habit of impaling victimize thorns
    • shrikes that impale their particular prey on thorns

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