mis·tle thrush also mis·sel thrush (mĭsəl)
A thrush (Turdus viscivorus) of Eurasia and North Africa that feeds on berries, especially those of mistletoe.
[From obsolete missel, mistletoe, from Middle English mistel, from Old English; see MISTLETOE.]
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