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[feeld-fair] /ˈfildˌfɛər/
a European thrush, Turdus pilaris, having reddish-brown plumage with an ashy head and a blackish tail.
Origin of fieldfare
before 1100; Middle English feldefare (with two f's by alliterative assimilation), Old English feldeware perhaps, field dweller Unabridged
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  • The hedge-berries are almost gone; and here the redwing and fieldfare have run along the fence bottom in search of fallen fruit.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Of course Mr. fieldfare was not in the morning-room of the club as he ought to have been.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • Of our winter visitants that come to take the place of the summer migrants the fieldfare is the commonest and most familiar.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • We have found many nests of the latter in the trees, and one of a fieldfare in a bank.

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • The winter visitants comprehend chiefly the fieldfare and the redwing.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • This species is smaller than the song thrush, and has much resemblance to the fieldfare.

  • The eggs number from four to six, and are somewhat like those of the fieldfare, only not so large.

  • Some few instances are on record of the fieldfare breeding in this country, but these are exceptional.

  • It simply means—'good bye, and we are well rid of you'; when the fieldfare goes, the warm weather comes.

  • Mr. fieldfare pursued this course because he had a deep instinct for being in the minority.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for fieldfare


a large Old World thrush, Turdus pilaris, having a pale grey head and rump, brown wings and back, and a blackish tail
Word Origin
Old English feldefare; see field, fare
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