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any of several American or Australian birds having catlike cries, especially Dumetella carolinensis (gray catbird) of North America.
any of several North American songbirds of the family Mimidae (mockingbirds), esp Dumetella carolinensis, whose call resembles the mewing of a cat
any of several Australian bowerbirds of the genera Ailuroedus and Scenopoeetes, having a catlike call
1731, common name for the North American thrush (Dumetella Carolinensis), so called from its warning cry, which resembles that of a cat; from cat (n.) + bird (n.1). Catbird seat is a 19c. Dixieism, popularized by Brooklyn Dodgers baseball announcer Red Barber and by author James Thurber (1942).
“She must be a Dodger fan,” he had said. “Red Barber announces the Dodger games over the radio and he uses those expressions–picked ’em up down South.” Joey had gone on to explain one or two. “Tearing up the pea patch” meant going on a rampage; “sitting in the catbird seat” means sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him. [James Thurber, “The Catbird Seat,” “The New Yorker,” Nov. 14, 1942]
- Gray-cheeked thrush
[grey-cheekt] /ˈgreɪˌtʃikt/ noun 1. a North American thrush, Catharus minimus, having olive upper parts and grayish cheeks.
- Gray code
noun 1. a modification of a number system, esp a binary code, in which any adjacent pair of numbers, in counting order, differ in their digits at one position only, the absolute difference being the value 1 hardware A binary sequence with the property that only one bit changes between any two consecutive elements (the […]
adjective pertaining to a working class with some manual labor, e.g. mechanics, maintenance, food preparation Examples Gray-collar refers to occupations that incorporate some of the elements of both blue and white collar. Word Origin 1963
- Gray column
gray column n. Any of the three masses of gray matter that extend longitudinally through the center of each lateral half of the spinal cord and appear as gray horns in transverse sections.