[woo d-chat]
  1. Also woodchat shrike. a shrike, Lanius senator, of Europe and northern Africa, having a black forehead and a chestnut crown, nape, and mantle.
  2. any of various Asiatic thrushes, especially of the genus Larvivora.

Origin of woodchat

First recorded in 1695–1705; wood1 + chat
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British Dictionary definitions for woodchat


woodchat shrike

  1. a songbird, Lanius senator, of Europe and N Africa, having a black-and-white plumage with a reddish-brown crown and a hooked bill: family Laniidae (shrikes)
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