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

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  • How came the chickadee by his endless fund of happy spirits?

    Birds in the Bush

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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!


    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


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.

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