- a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.
Origin of chiffchaff
First recorded in 1770–80; gradational compound; imitative
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Examples from the Web for chiffchaff
Lastly, we have the Chiffchaff, certainly the rarest and most local of all.Among the Birds in Northern Shires
The chiffchaff uttered his clear yet rather sad notes on April 26.Field and Hedgerow
This name, however, is probably equally applicable to the Chiffchaff.Birds of Guernsey (1879)
Chiffchaff and willow-wren came as usual, but they did not arrive in a crowd at once.
Only a very few days since—it does not seem a week—there was a chiffchaff calling in a copse as merrily as in the spring.
- a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage
C18: imitative of its call
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