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blackcap

[blak-kap] /ˈblækˌkæp/
noun
1.
any of several birds having the top of the head black, as the chickadee and certain warblers, especially the Old World blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla.
2.
the black raspberry plant or fruit.
Origin of blackcap
1650-1660
1650-60; black + cap1
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  • Its nest and eggs are so like those of the blackcap as to be discriminated with difficulty.

  • The blackcap has neither the fulness nor the force, but it has all and more of the former's purity.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • A blackcap stared at me and fled; its triple note was repeated from bush to bush.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Miss blackcap may retire, like Jephthah's daughter, for all Farintosh will relieve her.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Here and there a shy Blackbird's note burst clearly, yet softly, while the modest blackcap skipped across our way.

  • Of these I will only mention the blackcap, linnet, and tree-pipit.

    Birds and Man W. H. Hudson
  • The blackcap warbler I found to be a rare and much overpraised bird.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • Little Joe turned as if to start off in search of blackcap at once.

  • Similarly, the blackcap has been known to arrive in March, but its normal date is the first week or so in April.

  • It might be the blackcap a-warbling all among of the branches.

    Six Plays Florence Henrietta Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for blackcap

blackcap

/ˈblækˌkæp/
noun
1.
a brownish-grey Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, the male of which has a black crown
2.
any of various similar birds, such as the black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
3.
(US) a popular name for raspberry (sense 3)
4.
(Brit) (formerly) the cap worn by a judge when passing a death sentence
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