chickadee

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chick·a·dee

noun \ˈchi-kə-(ˌ)dē\

: a common, small American bird

Full Definition of CHICKADEE

:  any of several small North American oscine birds (genus Poecile of the family Paridae) that are related to the titmice, usually have the crown of the head distinctly darker than the body, and have sometimes been placed especially formerly in a related genus (Parus)

Origin of CHICKADEE

imitative
First Known Use: 1838

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chickadee

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus)—William D. Griffin

Any of several North American songbird species in the genus Poecile (family Paridae) whose name imitates their call notes. They are friendly and easily attracted to feeders. The black-capped chickadee (P. atricapillus), found across North America, is 5 in. (13 cm) long and has a dark cap and bib. Old World members of the genus and some New World members are called tits or titmice.

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