Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. mistletoe
  • n. the mistle thrush
  • v. To fall like a fine rain, to drizzle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To fall in very fine drops, as rain; to drizzle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Bird-lime.
  • n. Mistletoe.
  • An obsolete form of mizzle.

Etymologies

Old English mistel, from Germanic *mixstilaz. Cognate with Dutch mistel, German Mistel, Swedish mistel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The survey, from Government conservation agency Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said the green areas could also have benefits for wildlife - with species such as mistle thrush and dark green fritillary butterflies doing better in the Green Belt than elsewhere.

    Your Local Guardian | Sutton

  • Being an Anti theis I wish every one a merry mistle toe and a safe Christmas and all the brandy to keep thee warm of course, one needs ones anti freeze, in footstamping and arm back slapping weather.

    It’s That Time Of Year Again « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The recent hard frosts have not daunted the birds, their song has become stronger and sweeter, and the sun has brought them chasing round the garden among the bushes and trees: sparrows, tits, finches and mistle thrushes making their distinctive whirring sound as they race.

    Country diary: East Yorkshire

  • The mistle thrush's song is louder than the more common song thrush, but it is a shy bird which usually nests in trees rather than bushes.

    Country diary: Northumberland

  • The mistle thrush builds a comfortable nest of leaves, grass and moss where she will usually lay four eggs.

    Country diary: Northumberland

  • Several varieties were all growing on Gisela 5 rootstock, which keeps the trees compact, and under frames of netting to keep out the birds – mainly blackbirds, though this year mistle thrushes too.

    Country diary: West Lambrook, Somerset

  • Its berries are eaten mostly by mistle thrushes or black caps, and when the seeds are excreted in their droppings and fall on apple trees, they germinate and burrow down through the bark, plug into the tree's plumbing and begin to suck.

    Plantwatch: Mistletoe

  • I wandered through it, still mentally fuming at Jamie, but growing gradually calmer as I listened for the distinctive tsee of a flycatcher and the harsh chatter of the mistle thrush.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The nests were separate and made by several species of bird: a crow, a jay perhaps, wood pigeons, maybe a mistle thrush.

    A Year on the Wing

  • She turned and as I watched her cross the road and start down the path through the wood, the mistle thrush was still banging on, shouting after her.

    A Year on the Wing

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