nuthatch

[ nuht-hach ]
/ ˈnʌtˌhætʃ /
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noun

any of numerous small, short-tailed, sharp-beaked birds of the family Sittidae that creep on trees and feed on small nuts and insects.

Origin of nuthatch

1300–50; Middle English notehache, nuthagge, nuthak, literally, nut hacker. See nut, hack1
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nuthatch

/ (ˈnʌtˌhætʃ) /

noun

any songbird of the family Sittidae, esp Sitta europaea, having strong feet and bill, and feeding on insects, seeds, and nuts

Word Origin for nuthatch

C14: notehache, from note nut + hache hatchet, from the bird's habit of splitting nuts; see nut, hack 1
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