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whitethroat

[hwahyt-throht, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌθroʊt, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
any of several small songbirds having a throat that is white, especially an Old World warbler, Sylvia communis.
Origin of whitethroat
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; white + throat
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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

whitethroat

/ˈwaɪtˌθrəʊt/
noun
1.
either of two Old World warblers, Sylvia communis or S. curruca (lesser whitethroat), having a greyish-brown plumage with a white throat and underparts
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