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[hwahyt-throht, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌθroʊt, ˈwaɪt-/
any of several small songbirds having a throat that is white, especially an Old World warbler, Sylvia communis.
Origin of whitethroat
First recorded in 1670-80; white + throat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And after April, when May follows, And the whitethroat builds and all the swallows!

  • Tailpiece to the account of the whitethroat, p. 261—a gibbet in the distance.

    Hanging in Chains Albert Hartshorne
  • It is a whitethroat; his nest is deep in the parsley and nettles.

    The Pageant of Summer Richard Jefferies
  • Speaking of the sparrow family, did you see anything of whitethroat?

  • I waited a full minute longer, then whistled the whitethroat's call.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • The song of the redstart is superior, though somewhat like that of the whitethroat; some birds have a few more notes than others.

  • The thicker the undergrowth of nettles and wild parsley, rushes and rough grasses, the more the whitethroat likes the spot.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • A Canada whitethroat called sweetly, sadly, from the forest in the sunset glow.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • The whitethroat frequents the hedge and ditch, and there weaves its slender nest.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • The whitethroat sings with crest erect, and attitudes of warning and defiance.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for whitethroat


either of two Old World warblers, Sylvia communis or S. curruca (lesser whitethroat), having a greyish-brown plumage with a white throat and underparts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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