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[chik-uh-dee] /ˈtʃɪk əˌdi/
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
First recorded in 1820-30; imitative Unabridged
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  • But of all that come, none are more interesting than the chickadee.

  • Then, on the 27th, as I sat at my desk, a chickadee chirped outside.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • chickadee's own personality, his cheery ways and trustful nature had taught them, though they knew it not.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • This may be well illustrated by a comparison of the chickadee with the brown thrush.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • Other birds never see them, but chickadee and his relations leave never a twig unexplored.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • It was a revelation to me that a chickadee could possibly sit still so long.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • If we must do so, let us see what kind of showing our chickadee makes for herself.

    Rambles with John Burroughs Robert John De Loach
  • chickadee is often curious about me; he can be coaxed to eat from my hand.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • A great favorite of mine is the chickadee, with his black cap and white shirt bosom.

  • He saw something move and thought it was a mouse or chickadee.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
British Dictionary definitions for chickadee


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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