warbler

noun

war·​bler ˈwȯr-blər How to pronounce warbler (audio)
1
: one that warbles : singer, songster
2
a
: 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 Even in pastoral scenes like his study of two magnolia warblers, the little birds vibrate with expectancy, each obviously poised for flight. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 May 2024 In San Diego, the Wilson’s warbler will show up around mid-March and can be spotted at locations such as Famosa Slough near Mission Bay but will also venture into more urban areas, Handa said. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 Further west, Bastrop visitors can make their way to McKinney Roughs Nature Park, a top summertime destination thanks to its rich diversity of warblers. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 And many hermit warblers, which breed in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains, spend winter in Mexico’s pine-oak forests. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 Davie Park filled in some gaps in our list with such goodies as a brown creeper, pine warbler and hairy woodpecker. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Think the Cooper’s hawk, Townsend’s warbler and Bachman’s sparrow, for example. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Jan. 2024 Looking for an explanation for why warblers are more likely to be found in parks where trees are located than on streets where buildings predominate? Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 It was soon joined by a chestnut-sided warbler and a Northern parula warbler. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of warbler was circa 1611

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“Warbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warbler. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

warbler

noun
war·​bler ˈwȯr-blər How to pronounce warbler (audio)
1
: one that warbles
2
a
: any of numerous small Old World songbirds many of which are noted for their melodious song and which are closely related to the thrushes
b
: any of numerous small brightly colored American songbirds with a usually weak and unmusical song

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