[mok-ing-burd] /ˈmɒk ɪŋˌbɜrd/

any of several gray, black, and white songbirds of the genus Mimus, especially M. polyglottos, of the U.S. and Mexico, noted for their ability to mimic the songs of other birds.
any of various related or similar birds, as Melanotis caerulescens (blue mockingbird) of Mexico.
(Austral) any American songbird of the family Mimidae, having a long tail and grey plumage: noted for their ability to mimic the song of other birds
a small scrub bird, Atrichornis rufescens, noted for its mimicry

also mocking-bird, 1670s, from mocking (adj.), 1520s, from present participle of mock (v.) + bird (n.1). Earlier form was mock-bird (1640s).

Software that intercepts communications (especially login transactions) between users and hosts and provides system-like responses to the users while saving their responses (especially account IDs and passwords). A special case of Trojan horse.
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