Butch"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Butchered (); p. pr. & vb. n. Butchering.] 1. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs.
2. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.
[Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered.Ford.
3. to bungle badly; to botch; -- used also when an object is damaged (literally or figuratively) in an activity; as, the new choir
butchered the hymn.
Syn. -- mangle. [PJC]
butcherbirdn. 1. (Zol.) any species of shrike of the genus Lanius, so called because they impale their prey on thorns.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
(Zol.) large carnivorous Australian bird with the shrikelike habit of impaling prey on thorns.
The Lanius excubitor is the common butcher bird of Europe. In England, the bearded tit is sometimes called the lesser butcher bird. The American species are Lanius borealis, or northern butcher bird, and Lanius Ludovicianus or loggerhead shrike. The name
butcher bird is derived from its habit of suspending its prey impaled upon thorns, after killing it.
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