tit·​mouse | \ ˈtit-ˌmau̇s How to pronounce titmouse (audio) \
plural titmice\ ˈtit-​ˌmīs How to pronounce titmice (audio) \

Definition of titmouse

: 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)

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These include such familiar birds as red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina wren, Northern mockingbird, tufted titmouse and Northern cardinal. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Christmas Bird Counts to document the snowy owl irruption underway in Northeast Ohio (photos)," 8 Dec. 2017 His voice is recognizably Hanks, with lots of Norman Rockwell phrasing: lollygagging, yowza, thanked his lucky stars, titmouse, knothead, atta baby. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, "Hollywood’s Most Decent Fella on Weinstein, Trump and History," 11 Oct. 2017 There was a titmouse in an oak tree and a chickadee on a fence post. John Kelly, Washington Post, "On a wing and a prayer: What do backyard birds talk about?," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of titmouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of titmouse

: a small American bird


tit·​mouse | \ ˈtit-ˌmau̇s How to pronounce titmouse (audio) \
plural titmice\ -​ˌmīs \

Kids Definition of titmouse

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

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