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nuthatch

[nuht-hach] /ˈnʌtˌhætʃ/
noun
1.
any of numerous small, short-tailed, sharp-beaked birds of the family Sittidae that creep on trees and feed on small nuts and insects.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English notehache, nuthagge, nuthak, literally, nut hacker. See nut, hack1
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  • The presence of this nuthatch is typically announced by its nasal calls.
  • Less gregarious than other nuthatches, the white-breasted nuthatch is typically seen singly or in pairs.
British Dictionary definitions for nuthatch

nuthatch

/ˈnʌtˌhætʃ/
noun
1.
any songbird of the family Sittidae, esp Sitta europaea, having strong feet and bill, and feeding on insects, seeds, and nuts
Word Origin
C14: notehache, from note nut + hache hatchet, from the bird's habit of splitting nuts; see nut, hack1
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Word Origin and History for nuthatch
n.

mid-14c., probably so called from its habit of breaking open and eating nuts; from nut + second element related to hack (v.) and hatchet.

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