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[blak-kap] /ˈblækˌkæp/
any of several birds having the top of the head black, as the chickadee and certain warblers, especially the Old World blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla.
the black raspberry plant or fruit.
Origin of blackcap
First recorded in 1650-60; black + cap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for black cap
Historical Examples
  • He put his black cap on again as he had taken it off, and resumed his own seat.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Bring me my black cap, and I'll condemn her to death instantly.'

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He did not wear lamb's fur, or a black cap, on a mourning visit.

  • "Put on the black cap and tell me when I'm to die," said Phil.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • One answers 'I'll be black cap;' another—red cap;' and so on.

    The Ned M'Keown Stories William Carleton
  • She laid her black gown over her arm and took her black cap by its tassel.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
  • The black feathers on its head are the black cap of lambskin which he used to wear.

  • He would have recognized it in the dark—or under the black cap.

  • For the object which the judge had just laid on the desk beside him was—the black cap.

    The Queen Against Owen Allen Upward
  • "Yes—Cagliari is so-so—Cagliari is very fair," said the black cap.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for black cap

black cap

another name for white-fronted tern


a brownish-grey Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, the male of which has a black crown
any of various similar birds, such as the black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
(US) a popular name for raspberry (sense 3)
(Brit) (formerly) the cap worn by a judge when passing a death sentence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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