A thrush is a small brown or gray speckled songbird. Thrushes are known for their loud, musical songs.

There are two main meanings of the noun thrush, with two completely different origins. The thrush that flies around singing a lovely song gets its name from a Germanic root, while another thrush, a type of infection, comes from a Scandinavian source. This second thrush is a yeasty fungal infection that's common in the mouth and throat of babies, appearing as distinct white patches.

Definitions of thrush
  1. noun
    songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
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    Turdus viscivorus, missel thrush, mistle thrush, mistletoe thrush
    large European thrush that feeds on mistletoe berries
    Turdus philomelos, mavis, song thrush, throstle
    common Old World thrush noted for its song
    Turdus pilaris, fieldfare, snowbird
    medium-sized Eurasian thrush seen chiefly in winter
    Turdus iliacus, redwing
    small European thrush having reddish flanks
    European blackbird, Turdus merula, blackbird, merl, merle, ousel, ouzel
    common black European thrush
    Turdus torquatus, ring blackbird, ring ouzel, ring thrush
    European thrush common in rocky areas; the male has blackish plumage with a white band around the neck
    American robin, Turdus migratorius, robin
    large American thrush having a rust-red breast and abdomen
    Turdus greyi, clay-colored robin
    robin of Mexico and Central America
    Hylocichla guttata, hermit thrush
    North American thrush noted for its complex and appealing song
    Hylocichla fuscescens, Wilson's thrush, veery
    tawny brown North American thrush noted for its song
    Hylocichla mustelina, wood thrush
    large thrush common in eastern American woodlands; noted for its melodious song
    Luscinia megarhynchos, nightingale
    European songbird noted for its melodious nocturnal song
    Luscinia luscinia, thrush nightingale
    large nightingale of eastern Europe
    Old World chat, chat
    songbirds having a chattering call
    a dull grey North American thrush noted for its beautiful song
    redstart, redtail
    European songbird with a reddish breast and tail; related to Old World robins
    small songbird of northern America and Eurasia having a distinctive white rump
    blue North American songbird
    Erithacus rubecola, Old World robin, redbreast, robin, robin redbreast
    small Old World songbird with a reddish breast
    Erithacus svecicus, bluethroat
    songbird of northern Europe and Asia
    nightingale spoken of in Persian poetry
    Saxicola torquata, stonechat
    common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breast
    Saxicola rubetra, whinchat
    brown-and-buff European songbird of grassy meadows
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    oscine, oscine bird
    passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
  2. noun
    a woman who sings popular songs
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    type of:
    singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
    a person who sings
  3. noun
    candidiasis of the oral cavity; seen mostly in infants or debilitated adults
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    candidiasis, monilia disease, moniliasis
    an infection caused by fungi of the genus Monilia or Candida (especially Candida albicans)
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