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chiffchaff

[ chif-chaf, -chahf ]
/ ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf, -ˌtʃɑf /
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noun

a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.

Nearby words

chiefly, chieftain, chiel, chield, chiengmai, chiffchaff, chifferobe, chiffon, chiffonade, chiffonier, chiffonnière

Origin of chiffchaff

First recorded in 1770–80; gradational compound; imitative
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chiffchaff

/ (ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf) /

noun

a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage

Word Origin for chiffchaff

C18: imitative of its call
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