thunderbird

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thunder +‎ bird

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thunderbird (plural thunderbirds)

  1. (mythology) A mythological bird, often associated with stormy weather, especially in various indigenous North American mythologies.
    • 1999, Andrew George, translating Gilgamesh, VII:
      A man there was, grim his expression, just like a Thunderbird his features were frightening.
  2. An Australian insectivorous songbird (Pachycephala pectoralis, formerly Pachycephala gutturalis), whose male is conspicuously marked with black and yellow, and has a black crescent on the breast.

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