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[blak-kap] /ˈblækˌkæp/
any of several birds having the top of the head black, as the chickadee and certain warblers, especially the Old World blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla.
the black raspberry plant or fruit.
Origin of blackcap
1650-60; black + cap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The smoke shoots up in a great pillar from the mouth of the fiery mountain, and then spreads itself out in a black cap.

  • He did not wear lamb's fur, or a black cap, on a mourning visit.

  • As I said, I was becoming drowsy with looking so long at the black cap at the top of my float.

    Patience Wins George Manville Fenn
  • Bring me my black cap, and I'll condemn her to death instantly.'

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • A scarlet cloak enveloped his tall figure, and a cock's feather sat boldly on his black cap.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • She laid her black gown over her arm and took her black cap by its tassel.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
  • A great favorite of mine is the Chickadee, with his black cap and white shirt bosom.

  • The black feathers on its head are the black cap of lambskin which he used to wear.

  • The end was, the judge put on his black cap, and condemned him to die.

  • He would have recognized it in the dark—or under the black cap.

British Dictionary definitions for black cap

black cap

another name for white-fronted tern


a brownish-grey Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, the male of which has a black crown
any of various similar birds, such as the black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
(US) a popular name for raspberry (sense 3)
(Brit) (formerly) the cap worn by a judge when passing a death sentence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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