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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.
2. One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells.
Yon gray lines
That fret the clouds are messengers of day. --Shak.
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.
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.
Syn: Carrier; intelligencer; courier; harbinger; forerunner;
Messenger bird, the secretary bird, from its swiftness.
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