Mock"ing, a.

Imitating, esp. in derision, or so as to cause derision; mimicking; derisive.

Mocking bird Zool., a North American singing bird (Mimus polyglottos), remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of other birds. Its back is gray; the tail and wings are blackish, with a white patch on each wing; the outer tail feathers are partly white. The name is also applied to other species of the same genus, found in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. -- Mocking thrush Zool., any species of the genus Harporhynchus, as the brown thrush (H. rufus). -- Mocking wren Zool., any American wren of the genus Thryothorus, esp. T. Ludovicianus.


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