whistler

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noun whis·tler \ ˈhwi-s(ə-)lər , ˈwi- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of whistler

:one that whistles: such as
a :any of various birds; especially :any of numerous oscine birds (especially genus Pachycephala) found chiefly in Australia and South Pacific islands and having a whistling call
b :a large marmot (Marmota caligata) of northwestern North America having a shrill alarm call
c :a broken-winded horse
d :a very-low-frequency radio signal that is generated by lightning discharge, travels along the earth's magnetic-field lines, and produces a sound resembling a whistle of descending pitch in radio receivers

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First Known Use of whistler

before 12th century


Whistler

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biographical name Whis·tler \ ˈhwi-slər , ˈwi- \

Definition of Whistler

James (Abbott) McNeill 1834–1903 American painter and etcher

Whistlerian

play \hwi-ˈslir-ē-ən, wi-\ adjective

Whistler

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geographical name Whis·tler \ ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)lər \

Definition of Whistler

municipality and resort noted for its ski slopes in the Coast Ranges of southern British Columbia, Canada population 9824

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