nuthatch

[nuht-hach]
noun
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:
1300–50; Middle English notehache, nuthagge, nuthak, literally, nut hacker. See nut, hack1

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nuthatch (ˈnʌtˌhætʃ)
 
n
any songbird of the family Sittidae, esp Sitta europaea, having strong feet and bill, and feeding on insects, seeds, and nuts
 
[C14: notehache, from note nut + hache hatchet, from the bird's habit of splitting nuts; see nut, hack1]

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nuthatch
mid-14c., probably is 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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Example sentences
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.
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