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doc Definition of shrike
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    noun
  • any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family Laniidæ, having a strong hooked bill, toothed at the tip. Most shrikes are insectivorous, but the common European gray shrike (Lanius excubitor), the great northern shrike (L. borealis), and several others, kill mice, small birds, etc., and often impale them on thorns, and are, on that account called also butcher birds. See under Butcher.
  • source: Webster 1913
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