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death bird

[see quot.] n. 1. a bird, Antrostomus carolensis: 1880 Death bird. . .My guide stated that a few months before, the bird had appeared to an old man, whose death occurred a few days afterwards; also, that if we saw it, a death would take place shortly after (Cory 105). (Black)

2. [cf. US dial. South death owl screech owl WSC, US Black "If a digdee owl whoop on a tree near a house or on a chimney, it is a sign of death in the neighborhood or in the house" (Smiley 1919:382)] the barn owl, Tyto alba: 1960 (Bond 119). cf. DEAD-PEOPLE BIRD, DEATH MESSENGER, GRAVEYARD BIRD, SPIRIT BIRD (White)

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Last update: 2012-01-17 09:31
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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