black capped chickadee

black-capped chickadee

[blak-kapt]
noun
See under chickadee.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism

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chickadee

[chik-uh-dee]
noun
any of several North American birds of the genus Parus, of the titmouse family, especially P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee) having the throat and top of the head black.

Origin:
1820–30; imitative

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chickadee (ˈtʃɪkəˌdiː)
 
n
any of various small North American songbirds of the genus Parus, such as P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee), typically having grey-and-black plumage: family Paridae (titmice)
 
[C19: imitative of its note]

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chickadee
1838, Amer.Eng., echoic of its cry.
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