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chiffchaff

[ chif-chaf, -chahf ]
/ ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf, -ˌtʃɑf /
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noun
a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.
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Origin of chiffchaff

First recorded in 1770–80; gradational compound; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for chiffchaff

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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