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magpie

black and white crow-sized bird with melodious bell-like call and strong territorial behavior. Many species, e.g. Gymnorhina spp., Pica pica.
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They soon become tame, and are very amusing from their cunning odd manners, which were described to me as being similar to those of the common magpie.
Not least of all, Sloppy, who undertook to conduct the visitors back by the best way to the Three Magpies, and whom the hammer-headed young man much despised.
The magpie fluttered down into the court, swearing, and the Madman danced out, howling, with his fingers in his mouth.
In the first place, he half-poisoned all his neighbours, and they in turn were always on the lookout to pounce upon any of his numerous live-stock, and drive him frantic by enticing his pet old magpie out of his window into a neighbouring study, and making the disreputable old bird drunk on toast soaked in beer and sugar.
The jackdaws were eating pie- crust, and the magpie was drinking gravy out of a patty-pan.
Pickwick and Sam descended the rickety staircase in safety, and issued forth in quest of the Magpie and Stump.
When we add that the weather-beaten signboard bore the half-obliterated semblance of a magpie intently eyeing a crooked streak of brown paint, which the neighbours had been taught from infancy to consider as the 'stump,' we have said all that need be said of the exterior of the edifice.
I brought the last here - and you gathered them, as a magpie gathers silver spoons, for the mere love of stealing
Maud, the traitor, sat demurely at work, looking very like what Tom had called her, a magpie with mischief in its head.
She also allowed her to roam about the great house, and examine the curious and pretty things stored away in the big wardrobes and the ancient chests, for Aunt March hoarded like a magpie.
Bucket, "that this gentleman he come into Krook's property, and a good deal of magpie property there was.
NEWCASTLE United manager Rafa Benitez celebrated two years in charge of the Magpies on Sunday.