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noun nut·hatch \ˈnət-ˌhach\

Definition of nuthatch

  1. :  any of various small tree-climbing chiefly insectivorous birds (family Sittidae and especially genus Sitta) that have a compact body, a narrow bill, a short tail, and sometimes a black cap

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Origin and Etymology of nuthatch

Middle English notehache, from note nut + -hache; akin to Old English tohaccian to hack — more at hack


First Known Use: 14th century


NUTHATCH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nuthatch for English Language Learners

  • : a small bird with a narrow beak and short tail


NUTHATCH Defined for Kids

nuthatch

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noun nut·hatch \ˈnət-ˌhach\

Definition of nuthatch for Students

  1. :  a small bird that creeps on tree trunks and branches and eats insects



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