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- any of a large family (Furnariidae) of Neotropical passerine birds; esp., any of a genus (Furnarius) that builds a two-chambered, dome-shaped, ovenlike nest from clay and dried leaves
- ☆ any of various other birds that build a domelike nest on the ground; esp., a North American wood warbler (Seiurus aurocapillus)
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A thrushlike North American warbler (Seiurus aurocapillus) having a shrill call and characteristically building a domed, oven-shaped nest on the ground. Also called teacher bird.
- Any of various South American birds of the family Furnariidae, especially of the genus Furnarius.
Origin: From its oven-shaped nest.