chickadee

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noun chick·a·dee \ˈchi-kə-(ˌ)dē\

Definition of chickadee

  1. :  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 and Etymology of chickadee

imitative


First Known Use: 1838


CHICKADEE Defined for English Language Learners

chickadee

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Definition of chickadee for English Language Learners

  • : a common, small American bird


CHICKADEE Defined for Kids

chickadee

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noun chick·a·dee \ˈchi-kə-dē\

Definition of chickadee for Students

  1. :  a small mostly grayish bird with the top of the head black


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