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[chik-uh-dee] /ˈtʃɪk əˌdi/
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 of chickadee
1820-30; imitative Unabridged
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  • Meet the quiet, shy member of the peppy chickadee family.
  • Some other possibilities: the ball could have been pecked open by a woodpecker or chickadee or parasitized by a wasp.
  • The day was not observed when it first blossomed, nor when it first bore fruit, unless by the chickadee.
  • If it had wings, it would have been a goldfinch or a chickadee.
  • Sawdust or woodchips may be placed in the bottom of chickadee nest boxes.
British Dictionary definitions for chickadee


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)
Word Origin
C19: imitative of its note
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Word Origin and History for chickadee

black-capped titmouse, 1834, American English, echoic of its cry.

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