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

  Song \Song\ (s[o^]ng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to
     sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s["o]ngr, Goth. saggws.
     See Sing.]
     1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of
        the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect,
        etc. "That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of
        crickets." --Hawthorne.
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     2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
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     3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.
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              The bard that first adorned our native tongue
              Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
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     4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
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              This subject for heroic song.         --Milton.
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     5. An object of derision; a laughingstock.
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              And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
                                                    --Job xxx. 9.
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     6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it
        for a song. "The soldier's pay is a song." --Silliman.
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     Old song, a trifle; nothing of value. "I do not intend to
        be thus put off with an old song." --Dr. H. More.
     Song bird (Zool.), any singing bird; one of the Oscines.
     Song sparrow (Zool.), a very common North American sparrow
        ({Melospiza fasciata, or Melospiza melodia) noted for
        the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is
        covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in
        the center.
     Song thrush (Zool.), a common European thrush ({Turdus
        musicus), noted for its melodius song; -- called also
        mavis, throstle, and thrasher.
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     Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn;
          descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Throstle \Thros"tle\, n. [OE. throsel, AS. [thorn]rostle,
     [thorn]rosle; akin to MHG. trostel, G. drossel, Icel.
     [thorn]r["o]str, Sw. trast, Lith. strazdas, L. turdus.
     [root]238. Cf. Thrush the bird.]
     1. (Zool.) The song thrush. See under Song.
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     2. A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., from the rove,
        consisting of a set of drawing rollers with bobbins and
        flyers, and differing from the mule in having the twisting
        apparatus stationary and the processes continuous; -- so
        called because it makes a singing noise.
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     Throstle cock, the missel thrush. [Prov. Eng.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a spinning machine formerly used to twist and wind fibers
           of cotton or wool continuously
      2: common Old World thrush noted for its song [syn: song
         thrush, mavis, throstle, Turdus philomelos]

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