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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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  • How many ages must have passed since his forefathers first got their black caps.

    Prose Idylls Charles Kingsley
  • The name of “black caps” is given them in allusion to their high sheepskin hats.

  • The judges produced the black caps, with which they had come provided, and then Justice Mellor proceeded to pass sentence.

  • black caps are much better if canned with currants, in the proportion of one part currants to four of black caps.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • The terns, with their long forked tails and black caps rise and fall in the air around him.

  • As he left the doorway, he noticed the two men with the black caps standing not far away.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • The black caps don't take ter strangers much, an' they know them critters is hyar.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • A few minutes later there was a sound at the door, and Muriel came in, with two of the black caps at his heels.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • It was plain that Muriel must have known that something was happening, and he had signaled with the bugle to the black caps.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • Rufe Kenyon had dodged the bullet, but the boy chief of the black caps had suffered in his stead.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for black caps

Black Caps

plural noun
the Black Caps, the international cricket team of New Zealand
Word Origin
C20: so named because of the players' black caps


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
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