titmouse

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noun tit·mouse \ˈtit-ˌmau̇s\

Definition of titmouse

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titmice

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  1. :  any of several small North American oscine birds (genus Baeolophus of the family Paridae) that are related to the chickadees, have small bills and usually long tails, and have been sometimes placed especially formerly in a related genus (Parus)

Origin and Etymology of titmouse

by folk etymology from Middle English titmose, from *tit any small object or creature + mose titmouse, from Old English māse; akin to Old High German meisa titmouse


First Known Use: 14th century


TITMOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

titmouse

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noun tit·mouse \ˈtit-ˌmau̇s\

Definition of titmouse for English Language Learners

  • : a small American bird


TITMOUSE Defined for Kids

titmouse

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noun tit·mouse \ˈtit-ˌmau̇s\

Definition of titmouse for Students

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titmice

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  1. :  a small active usually gray bird that feeds mostly on seeds and insects


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