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  1. a small, yellow-headed, titmouse-like bird, Auriparus flaviceps, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, which builds a compact, spherical nest of thorny twigs.

Origin of verdin

1880–85, Americanism; < French: a green passerine bird of Southeast Asia (Chloropsis spelling), derivative of vert green (see vert)
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  • A later development of these devices, by Verdin, known as the sphygmometrograph, is shown in Fig. 175.

    The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.

    Edward W. Byrn

British Dictionary definitions for verdin


  1. a small W North American tit, Auriparus flaviceps, having a grey plumage with a yellow head

Word Origin

French: yellowhammer
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