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chickadee

[chik-uh-dee] /ˈtʃɪk əˌdi/
noun
1.
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
1820-1830
1820-30; imitative
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for chickadee

chickadee

/ˈtʃɪkəˌdiː/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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