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.

1820–30; imitative Unabridged
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chickadee (ˈtʃɪkəˌdiː)
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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Word Origin & History

1838, Amer.Eng., echoic of its cry.
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Example sentences
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.
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