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chickadee

[chik-uh-dee] /ˈtʃɪk əˌdi/
noun
1.
any of several North American birds of the genus Parus, of the titmouse family, especially P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee) having the throat and top of the head black.
Origin of chickadee
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; imitative
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  • Then, on the 27th, as I sat at my desk, a chickadee chirped outside.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • How came the chickadee by his endless fund of happy spirits?

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  • This may be well illustrated by a comparison of the chickadee with the brown thrush.

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  • The chickadee, on the other hand, seldom gets mention as a singer.

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  • It was a revelation to me that a chickadee could possibly sit still so long.

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  • Every one that I meet I merrily greet With a chickadee dee, chickadee dee!

  • Mr. chickadee was doing only part of his duty, and only half-heartedly at that!

    Winter

    Dallas Lore Sharp
  • chickadee is often curious about me; he can be coaxed to eat from my hand.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • He saw something move and thought it was a mouse or chickadee.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • There is no minor in his song; he is never discouraged, any more than the chickadee.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for chickadee

chickadee

/ˈtʃɪkəˌdiː/
noun
1.
any of various small North American songbirds of the genus Parus, such as P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee), typically having grey-and-black plumage: family Paridae (titmice)
Word Origin
C19: imitative of its note
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Word Origin and History for chickadee
n.

black-capped titmouse, 1834, American English, echoic of its cry.

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