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 for Messenger bird
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Messenger \Mes"sen*ger\, n. [OE. messager, OF. messagier, F.
     messager. See Message.]
     1. One who bears a message; the bearer of a verbal or written
        communication, notice, or invitation, from one person to
        another, or to a public body; specifically, an office
        servant who bears messages.
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     2. One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells.
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              Yon gray lines
              That fret the clouds are messengers of day. --Shak.
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     3. (Naut.) A hawser passed round the capstan, and having its
        two ends lashed together to form an endless rope or chain;
        -- formerly used for heaving in the cable.
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     4. (Law) A person appointed to perform certain ministerial
        duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take
        charge of the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.
        --Bouvier. Tomlins.
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     Syn: Carrier; intelligencer; courier; harbinger; forerunner;
          precursor; herald.
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     Messenger bird, the secretary bird, from its swiftness.
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