from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A North American songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) having predominantly slate plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two species of American mockingbird relatives, the grey catbird and the black catbird.
  • n. Either of four species of Australasian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopooetes.
  • n. A babbler-like bird from eastern Africa, Parophasma galinieri.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An American bird (Galeoscoptes Carolinensis), allied to the mocking bird, and like it capable of imitating the notes of other birds, but less perfectly. Its note resembles at times the mewing of a cat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wellknown oscine passerine bird of North America, Mimus caro-linensis, one of the mocking-thrushes, related to the mocking-bird.
  • n. An Australian name of members of the genus Ælurœdus: so called on account of the resemblance of their notes to the calls of a cat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
  • n. North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing


From the resemblance of one of its calls to the mewing of a cat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From cat +‎ bird, because its cry is said to resemble that of a cat. (Wiktionary)



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