One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Either of two Australian birds of the family Cracticidae, the pied butcher-bird, Cracticus nigrogularis, and the Australian magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen.
2A reddish-orange and brown wren of Central and South America, Cyphorhinus aradus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Gould (1804–1881), ornithologist and publisher.
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