wheatear

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noun wheat·ear \ˈhwēt-ˌir, ˈwēt-\

Definition of wheatear

  1. :  any of various small thrushes (genus Oenanthe); especially :  a white-rumped one (O. oenanthe) of northern North America and the Old World

Origin and Etymology of wheatear

back-formation from earlier wheatears wheatear, probably by folk etymology or euphemism from white + arse


First Known Use: 1591


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