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chiffchaff

[chif-chaf, -chahf] /ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf, -ˌtʃɑf/
noun
1.
a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; gradational compound; imitative
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chiffchaff

/ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf/
noun
1.
a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage
Word Origin
C18: imitative of its call
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Encyclopedia Article for chiffchaff

(Phylloscopus collybita), warbler (family Sylviidae, order Passeriformes) of western Eurasia, named for its song. This greenish brown bird, 11 cm (4.5 inches) long, with pale eye stripe, restlessly hunts insects in trees and makes a domed nest near the ground

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