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chickadee

[ chik-uh-dee ]
/ ˈtʃɪk əˌdi /
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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for chickadee

chickadee
/ (ˈtʃɪkəˌdiː) /

noun
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)

Word Origin for chickadee

C19: imitative of its note
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