Screech bird, or Screech thrush(Zoöl.), the fieldfare; — so called from its harsh cry before rain. Screech rain.Screech hawk(Zoöl.), the European goatsucker; — so called from its note. [Prov. Eng.] — Screech owl. (Zoöl.) (a) A small American owl either gray or reddish in color. (b) The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other species.

(Screech"ers) n. pl. (Zoöl.) The picarian birds, as distinguished from the singing birds.

(Screech"y) a. Like a screech; shrill and harsh.

(Scraw"ny) a. [Cf. Scrannel.] Meager; thin; rawboned; bony; scranny.

(Scray) n. [Cf. W. ysgräen, ysgräell, a sea swallow, Armor. skrav.] (Zoöl.) A tern; the sea swallow. [Prov. Eng.] [Written also scraye.]

(Scre"a*ble) a. [L. screare to hawk, spit out.] Capable of being spit out. [Obs.] Bailey.

(Screak) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Screaked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Screaking.] [Cf. Icel. skrækja to screech. Cf. Creak, v., Screech.] To utter suddenly a sharp, shrill sound; to screech; to creak, as a door or wheel.

(Screak), n. A creaking; a screech; a shriek. Bp. Bull.

(Scream) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Screamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Screaming.] [Icel. skræma to scare, terrify; akin to Sw. skräma, Dan. skræmme. Cf. Screech.] To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.

I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.

And scream thyself as none e'er screamed before.

(Scream), n. A sharp, shrill cry, uttered suddenly, as in terror or in pain; a shriek; a screech. "Screams of horror." Pope.

(Scream"er) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of three species of South American birds constituting the family Anhimidæ, and the suborder Palamedeæ. They have two spines on each wing, and the head is either crested or horned. They are easily tamed, and then serve as guardians for other poultry. The crested screamers, or chajas, belong to the genus Chauna. The horned screamer, or kamichi, is Palamedea cornuta.

(Scream"ing), a.

1. Uttering screams; shrieking.

2. Having the nature of a scream; like a scream; shrill; sharp.

The fearful matrons raise a screaming cry.

(Scree) n. A pebble; a stone; also, a heap of stones or rocky débris. [Prov. Eng.] Southey.

(Screech) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Screeched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Screeching.] [Also formerly, scritch, OE. skriken, skrichen, schriken, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skrækja to shriek, to screech, skrikja to titter, Sw. skrika to shriek, Dan. skrige; also Gael. sgreach, sgreuch, W. ysgrechio, Skr. kharj to creak. Cf. Shriek, v., Scream, v.] To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek. "The screech owl, screeching loud." Shak.

(Screech), n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream.

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