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pitta

[pit-uh] /ˈpɪt ə/
noun
1.
any of several brilliantly colored, passerine birds of the family Pittidae, inhabiting dark, Old World, tropical forests.
Origin of pitta
1830-1840
1830-40; < Telugu piṭṭa bird
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  • To this class, to the class that hide their light under a bushel, the beautiful Indian pitta (pitta brachyura) belongs.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Apart from the colouring, it is impossible to confound the pitta with any other bird.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • This pitta was exceedingly tame, often moving along only 20 feet ahead of the observer.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • The true ant-thrushes of the Old World belong to the genus pitta.

  • It is strange that so retiring a bird as the pitta should find its way with such frequency into inhabited houses.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • There is at least one favoured compound in Madras where a pitta, or possibly a pair of them, spends the cool-weather season.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • The pitta is quick on its feet, and is able to hop and run with equal ease.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • It seems to me that the pitta dislikes cold and wind, and therefore naturally seeks any shelter that presents itself.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • It is seen in many bulbuls, robins, and woodpeckers, and in the pitta.

British Dictionary definitions for pitta

pitta1

/ˈpɪtə/
noun
1.
another name for pitta bread

pitta2

/ˈpɪtə/
noun
1.
any of various small brightly coloured ground-dwelling tropical birds of the genus Pitta
Word Origin
C19: from Telugu
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