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)
Recent Examples of chickadee from the Web
Some species can be helped with nesting boxes — bluebirds, wrens and chickadees, for example.
At 315 Bowery, once CBGB, there were flying squirrels and meadow voles; around 881 Seventh Avenue, Carnegie Hall, the sharp-shinned hawk and black-capped chickadee found homes.
Last Monday, the sun rose in the east, the black-capped chickadee sang its spring mating song and President Trump attacked American journalists in a tweet.
Biologists at the USGS in Anchorage first observed these deformities among black-capped chickadees in the late 1990s.
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Origin and Etymology of chickadee
First Known Use: 1838See Words from the same year
CHICKADEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chickadee for English Language Learners
: a common, small American bird
CHICKADEE Defined for Kids
Definition of chickadee for Students
: a small mostly grayish bird with the top of the head black
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