war·​bler | \ ˈwȯr-blər How to pronounce warbler (audio) \

Definition of warbler

1 : one that warbles : singer, songster
2a : any of numerous small chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Sylviidae) many of which are noted songsters and are closely related to the thrushes
b : any of numerous small brightly colored American oscine birds (family Parulidae) with a usually weak and unmusical song

called also wood warbler

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Examples of warbler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pond in Brookline, an acadian flycatcher at the Sharon Memorial Cemetery in Sharon, and a mourning warbler in Dedham. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 Grace’s warbler, Harris’s hawk and dozens of other birds. John Kelly, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 An Acadian flycatcher in Granville and a hooded warbler at the Grace Robson Sanctuary in Westfield. BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2022 Thick with sycamores, oaks, and sweet pecans, bottomland forests like these can then support migratory birds, from the endangered Bachman’s warbler to the recovering bald eagle. W. Hodding Carter, Outside Online, 29 June 2011 One of his favorite birds, the Blackburnian warbler, can be spotted in the park. The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 Despite pressure from housing developments and groundwater depletion, habitat for six imperiled species — a warbler, a bat, two salamanders and two plants — still exists. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 North of Boston, recent sightings at Rough Meadows Sanctuary in Topsfield have included a pectoral sandpiper, two American woodcocks, a lesser yellowlegs, and a Magnolia warbler. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Worcester County: There was an Acadian flycatcher in North Brookfield and a Lawrence’s warbler at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area in Westborough. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of warbler

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warbler. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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war·​bler | \ ˈwȯr-blər How to pronounce warbler (audio) \

Kids Definition of warbler

1 : an Old World bird related to the thrush and noted for its musical song
2 : a brightly colored American bird having a song that is usually weak and not musical

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