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 for Scrub bird
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), n.
     1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. "A
        sorry scrub." --Bunyan.
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              We should go there in as proper a manner as
              possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us.
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     2. Something small and mean.
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     3. A worn-out brush. --Ainsworth.
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     4. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the
        prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
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     5. (Stock Breeding) One of the common live stock of a region
        of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when
        inferior in size, etc. [U.S.]
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     6. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and
        impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also,
        brush; -- called also scrub brush. See Brush, above.
        [Australia & South Africa]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
     7. (Forestry) A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Scrub bird (Zool.), an Australian passerine bird of the
        family Atrichornithidae, as Atrichia clamosa; --
        called also brush bird.
     Scrub oak (Bot.), the popular name of several dwarfish
        species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the
        Middle States is Quercus ilicifolia, a scraggy shrub;
        that of the Southern States is a small tree ({Quercus
        Catesbaei); that of the Rocky Mountain region is Quercus
        undulata, var. Gambelii.
     Scrub robin (Zool.), an Australian singing bird of the
        genus Drymodes.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scrub bird
      n 1: small fast-running Australian bird resembling a wren and
           frequenting brush or scrub [syn: scrubbird, scrub-bird,
           scrub bird]

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