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  1. any tiny insect-eating, New World warbler of the genus Polioptila, having a long, mobile tail and a slender bill.
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Origin of gnatcatcher

First recorded in 1835–45; gnat + catcher
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Examples from the Web for gnatcatcher

Historical Examples of gnatcatcher

  • The white-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus), gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea), and tufted titmouse, frequent the oak thickets.

    The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation

    Henry S. Fitch

  • Gnatcatcher will take the land where the mesquite grows; you will have the overflow land.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

  • In color, form, proportions and voice, the Gnatcatcher may properly be called 'dainty.'

    What Bird is That?

    Frank M. Chapman

  • Perhaps a difference of opinion had arisen on architectural points, and Mrs. Gnatcatcher had taken matters into her own hands.

    A-Birding on a Bronco

    Florence A. Merriam

British Dictionary definitions for gnatcatcher


  1. any of various small American songbirds of the genus Polioptila and related genera, typically having a long tail and a pale bluish-grey plumage: family Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers, etc)
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