Definition of veery in English:



  • A North American woodland thrush with a brown back and speckled breast.

    Catharus fuscescens, family Turdidae

    • ‘The wood and hermit thrushes and their cousin the veery have taken a severe hit from the cowbirds, so that they are on the brink of becoming endangered species.’
    • ‘Sheldrakes are today's mergansers, while the Wilson thrush, known today as the veery, is only a migrant on the Cape but a resident of New England's woods.’
    • ‘In the agricultural Midwest, more than 80 percent of the nests of some species - veery, wood thrush, hooded warbler, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, and others - host cowbird eggs.’
    • ‘Thoreau is refreshed by hearing the whip-poor-will, brown-thrasher, veery, wood-pewee, chewink, and other birds at the beginning of May.’
    • ‘Research in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia shows that forest birds like the American redstart, hooded warbler, Kentucky warbler, worm-eating warbler, ovenbird, wood thrush, and veery are all vulnerable to deer overpopulation.’


Mid 19th century: perhaps imitative.