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 An experienced birder can identify each 5-inch warbler by sight and sound. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 In either case, any reports of a rare warbler are met with excitement and heavy skepticism. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021 There was also a very early Tennessee warbler in Athol. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Apr. 2021 The Great Lakes office considers nine regional species to be higher priorities for listing, including the little brown bat, the Illinois chorus frog, and the golden-winged warbler, Nordstrom says. Farah Eltohamy, Animals, 15 Dec. 2020 Other sightings around the Cape included a Sabine’s gull at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, a Cape May warbler in a yard in Yarmouth, up to 65 evening grosbeaks continuing in Wellfleet, and 4 tree swallows in Truro. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Dec. 2020 And public information, to a warbler, includes things like how many hatchlings other birds raised during the season. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Aug. 2020 In one image, the cuckoos can be seen with its jaws wide open coming closer to the small birds, a bunting and a warbler. Fox News, 24 June 2020 The winter conservation plan for golden-winged warblers, first written by an independent working group in 2016, focuses on conserving key areas that often stretch over thousands of square kilometers. Tara Santora, Scientific American, 2 June 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of warbler

: any one of many different kinds of small singing birds that live in America and Europe


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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