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wheatear

[ hweet-eer, weet- ]
/ ˈʰwitˌɪər, ˈwit- /
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noun

any of several small, chiefly Old World thrushes of the genus Oenanthe, having a distinctive white rump, especially O. oenanthe, of Eurasia and North America.

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Origin of wheatear

1585–95; probably back formation from wheatears, for *whiteers white rump. See white, arse
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wheatear
/ (ˈwiːtˌɪə) /

noun

any small northern songbird of the genus Oenanthe, esp O. oenanthe, a species having a pale grey back, black wings and tail, white rump, and pale brown underparts: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)

Word Origin for wheatear

C16: back formation from wheatears (wrongly taken as plural), probably from white + arse; compare Dutch witstaart, French culblanc white tail
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