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nounEnglish Regional, East Anglian
Either of two Eurasian warblers having a song that is a high-pitched, mechanical-sounding trill, Savi's warbler, Locustella luscinioides, and the grasshopper warbler, L. naevia.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Brown. From reel + bird; compare quots. 1856, 1906.
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