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nuthatch

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noun nut·hatch \ˈnət-ˌhach\

Simple Definition of nuthatch

  • : a small bird with a narrow beak and short tail

Full Definition of nuthatch

  1. :  any of various small tree-climbing chiefly insectivorous birds (family Sittidae and especially genus Sitta) that have a compact body, a narrow bill, a short tail, and sometimes a black cap

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Origin of nuthatch

Middle English notehache, from note nut + -hache; akin to Old English tohaccian to hack — more at hack


First Known Use: 14th century



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