bushtit

noun

bush·​tit ˈbu̇sh-ˌtit How to pronounce bushtit (audio)
: any of several very small, long-tailed birds (family Aegithalidae) that are related to the chickadees and titmice and are often found in large, active flocks
especially : a pale gray to pale brown bird (Psaltriparus minimus) of the Pacific coast from British Columbia to southern California and inland and southward to Wyoming, Texas, and Guatemala

Examples of bushtit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finches, jays, and bushtits round out the usual clientele, and warblers and tanagers pop in for cameos. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Sep. 2017 Your darling and persistent visitors are bushtits, lively little songbirds that build really wonderful hanging nests. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2017 Shirley, Martinez DEAR SHIRLEY: Your darling and persistent visitors are bushtits, lively little songbirds that build really wonderful hanging nests. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bushtit was in 1884

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“Bushtit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushtit. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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