Etymology
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thrush (n.1)

type of songbird, Old English þræsce, variant of þrysce, from Proto-Germanic *thruskjon (source also of Old Norse þröstr, Norwegian trost, Old High German drosca), from PIE *trozdo- (source also of Latin turdus, Lithuanian strazdas "thrush," Middle Irish truid, Welsh drudwy "starling," Old Church Slavonic drozgu, Russian drozdu).

An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.
[Hardy, "The Darkling Thrush," Dec. 31, 1900]

thrush (n.2)

throat disease, 1660s, probably from a Scandinavian source (such as Norwegian, Danish trøske, Swedish torsk), but its roots and original meaning are unclear.

updated on December 21, 2021

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Definitions of thrush from WordNet

thrush (n.)
candidiasis of the oral cavity; seen mostly in infants or debilitated adults;
thrush (n.)
a woman who sings popular songs;
thrush (n.)
songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast;
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