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chickadee

[chik-uh-dee]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of chickadee

First recorded in 1820–30; imitative
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Historical Examples

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

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  • The chickadee, on the other hand, seldom gets mention as a singer.

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

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  • It was a revelation to me that a chickadee could possibly sit still so long.

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  • This may be well illustrated by a comparison of the chickadee with the brown thrush.

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British Dictionary definitions for chickadee

chickadee

noun
  1. 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)
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Word Origin

C19: imitative of its note
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Word Origin and History for chickadee

n.

black-capped titmouse, 1834, American English, echoic of its cry.

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