gnat·​catch·​er | \ ˈnat-ˌka-chər How to pronounce gnatcatcher (audio) , -ˌke- \

Definition of gnatcatcher

: any of a genus (Polioptila) of several small North and South American insectivorous oscine birds

Examples of gnatcatcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the head of the Chaparral Institute, his opposition is strongly informed by a mission to protect native chaparral and coastal sage scrub habitat, which service everything from the gnatcatchers to trapdoor spiders. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will Cal Fire’s plan to rip out vegetation in San Diego lead to an explosion in flammable invasive grasses?," 30 Sep. 2019 Additional sightings included 400 tree swallows, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a brown thrasher, and two rusty blackbirds., "Most read on," 17 Nov. 2019 There was also a buff-breasted sandpiper, a cliff swallow, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, and a Northern waterthrush., "Bird sightings," 2 Sep. 2019 Merrill said the gnatcatcher is doing much better than the pocket mouse. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "The Dana Point Headlands is setting an example for how conservation can be done in urban areas," 27 July 2019 Other birds that were spotted last week included four blue-gray gnatcatchers, three wood thrushes, a field sparrow, and five Eastern meadowlarks., "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 There were also four great crested flycatchers, seven blue-gray gnatcatchers, and an early Lincoln’s sparrow., "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 Several rare species of flora and fauna live in the area, including the California gnatcatcher, California least tern and Orcutt’s brodiaea, San Diego button celery and the San Diego goldenstar. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "University City: ‘Golden Triangle’ is bustling, will soon welcome trolley," 28 June 2019 In light of that, the property might need to be surveyed for coastal California gnatcatchers, which are a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Daniel Langhorne,, "O.C. supervisors greenlight plan for car storage lot at former Huntington Beach landfill," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of gnatcatcher

1839, in the meaning defined above

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13 Dec 2019

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“Gnatcatcher.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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