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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 blackcap
Historical Examples
  • A blackcap stared at me and fled; its triple note was repeated from bush to bush.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • The blackcap has neither the fulness nor the force, but it has all and more of the former's purity.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • He pointed out the woodlark and the blackcap to me, and told me where he had seen and heard them.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • The blackcap warbler I found to be a rare and much overpraised bird.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • Then Morgiana brushed the blackcap from her shoulder, and ran and put her arms about Mary.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Miss blackcap may retire, like Jephthah's daughter, for all Farintosh will relieve her.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Of these I will only mention the blackcap, linnet, and tree-pipit.

    Birds and Man W. H. Hudson
  • And there are two species of this bird, the sycalis and the , or blackcap.

  • Its nest and eggs are so like those of the blackcap as to be discriminated with difficulty.

  • Little Joe turned as if to start off in search of blackcap at once.

British Dictionary definitions for blackcap


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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