Definition of shrike noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃraɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃraɪk//
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a bird with a strong beak, that catches small birds and insects and sticks them on thorns See related entries: Birds Word Origin mid 16th cent.: perhaps related to Old English scrīc ‘thrush’ and Middle Low German schrīk ‘corncrake’, of imitative origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shrike