chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-(ˌ)dē How to pronounce chickadee (audio) \

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)

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Recent Examples on the Web During the last avian flu outbreak in 2014 and 2015, only one chickadee and one European starling tested positive. Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The post actually shows a handmade sculpture of a chickadee. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 The general pattern is repeated in traffic to the site’s chickadee and starling pages, though with smaller numbers. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 25 June 2021 Perched on the tree was a small black and white chickadee, prancing on the thick bark, its feathers shining in the bright morning light. oregonlive, 15 Mar. 2021 December is full of natural marvels, from intricate snowflakes, to a chickadee taking seeds from a human hand, to the sights of Orion and the Big Dipper on a cold, clear night. Star Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 Happy Easter to a very lovable and special little chickadee. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 22 Feb. 2021 The chipmunk is already a hit with the public, according to the release, and will be joined by an oversized bronze chickadee sitting on a birdhouse made of Alaskan yellow cedar in 2021. Star Tribune, 19 Dec. 2020 The chickadee perched on the slippery edge and slid in. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 14 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chickadee

1832, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Chickadee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-dē How to pronounce chickadee (audio) \

Kids Definition of chickadee

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

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