magpie

Part of speech: noun

A crow like bird with black and white plumage: capable of being taught to speak.

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Usage examples "magpie":

  1. We passed through the hamlet of Palaiseau, on our return to Paris; and saw in it the steeple where the magpie concealed the silver spoons he had stolen, and which occasioned the event from which the drama of La Pie Voleuse, known in so many languages, has had its origin. - "The Idler in France", Marguerite Gardiner.
  2. But here I am chattering like a magpie, and that don't sell my flowers. - "San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams", Charles Paul de Kock.
  3. The magpie fluttered down into the court, swearing, and the Madman danced out, howling, with his fingers in his mouth. - "Tom Brown's School Days", Thomas Hughes.