One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A long-tailed black and white songbird, Copsychus saularis, of the thrush family (Turdidae), found in South and South-East Asia; also called dial-bird.
2Either of two related birds, C. sechellarum of the Seychelles, and C. albospecularis of Madagascar.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Madras Journal.
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