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[hwahyt-throht, wahyt-]
  1. any of several small songbirds having a throat that is white, especially an Old World warbler, Sylvia communis.
  2. white-throated sparrow.
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Origin of whitethroat

First recorded in 1670–80; white + throat
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Examples from the Web for whitethroat

Historical Examples of whitethroat

  • And after April, when May follows, And the whitethroat builds and all the swallows!

    Graded Poetry: Second Year


  • Tailpiece to the account of the Whitethroat, p. 261—a gibbet in the distance.

    Hanging in Chains

    Albert Hartshorne

  • It is a whitethroat; his nest is deep in the parsley and nettles.

    The Pageant of Summer

    Richard Jefferies

  • Speaking of the sparrow family, did you see anything of Whitethroat?

  • I waited a full minute longer, then whistled the whitethroat's call.

    The Little Red Foot

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for whitethroat


  1. either of two Old World warblers, Sylvia communis or S. curruca (lesser whitethroat), having a greyish-brown plumage with a white throat and underparts
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