One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in some North American Indian cultures) a mythical bird that brings thunder.
- ‘Doreen Jensen works with Cassandra Malley on her thunderbird design at the button blanket workshop.’
- ‘It is made from green woolen cloth with an appliquéd design of a bird, perhaps an eagle, hawk, or thunderbird, in red flannel.’
- ‘The patch - painted to depict a North American Indian mythical half-eagle, half-hawk thunderbird - is hallowed ground.’
- ‘Thunder and lighting spirits took the form of thunderbirds known as Wakinyan.’
- ‘The two two-metre tall totems - one of a bear and the other of a thunderbird - were carved by Squamish Nation carver Ritchie Baker and stood on the school grounds for more than 20 years.’
- ‘Alas, one day the young braves, distracted by a thunderbird swooping overhead, failed to check the ground over which they rolled the mat, and when the chief stepped upon it, he screamed in pain.’
- ‘The shapes of killer whales, turtles, grizzly bears, ravens and beavers are based on real animals, while thunderbirds and double-headed serpents were invented.’
- ‘DeCora selected a symbol that she believed would be easily understood by all Native American readers: the eagle, or thunderbird.’
2Australian Either of two thickheads (birds) which become noisy before and during thunderstorms.
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