[ hwin-chat, win- ]
/ ˈʰwɪnˌtʃæt, ˈwɪn- /


a small Old World thrush, Saxicola rubetra, having a buff-colored breast and white streaks in the tail.


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Origin of whinchat

First recorded in 1670–80; whin + chat
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British Dictionary definitions for whinchat

/ (ˈwɪnˌtʃæt) /


an Old World songbird, Saxicola rubetra, having a mottled brown-and-white plumage with pale cream underparts: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)

Word Origin for whinchat

C17: from whin 1 + chat 1
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