- any of numerous small, short-tailed, sharp-beaked birds of the family Sittidae that creep on trees and feed on small nuts and insects.
Origin of nuthatch
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There was Nuthatch Village, which seemed to have stepped out of Morland's pictures.Mary Gray
There is a good deal of white in the tail, which is short in this and in all species of nuthatch.Birds of the Indian Hills
A red streak flashed down the limb on which the nuthatch was working.
He was hardly out of sight when the nuthatch was tapping again at his door.
His visit was even shorter than that of the Nuthatch, but not less enjoyable.Bird Lore, Volume I--1899
- any songbird of the family Sittidae, esp Sitta europaea, having strong feet and bill, and feeding on insects, seeds, and nuts
C14: notehache, from note nut + hache hatchet, from the bird's habit of splitting nuts; see nut, hack 1
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Word Origin and History for nuthatch
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