accentor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n accentor small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Accentor (Zoöl) A genus of European birds (so named from their sweet notes), including the hedge warbler. In America sometimes applied to the water thrushes.
    • Accentor (Mus) One who sings the leading part; the director or leader.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n accentor In music, one who sings the leading part. [F. accenteur.] In ornithology: [capitalized] A genus of passerine birds, family Sylviidæ, subfamily Accentorinæ. A. modularis is the European hedge-sparrow, hedge-warbler, shuffle-wing, or dunnock. Bechstein, 1802. See hedge-sparrow.
    • n accentor A name sometimes applied to the golden-crowned thrush or oven-bird, Siurus auricapillus, a well-known passerine bird of the United States, of the family Sylvicolidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Accentor ak-sent′or the so-called 'hedge-sparrow' (q.v.).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ad,. + cantor, singer, canere, to sing

Usage

In literature:

This heterogeneous family includes thrushes, chats, robins, accentors, and dippers.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Its queer teetering is like that of some of the wrens, accentors, and water-thrushes.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
It also extends its range across the AEgean Sea to Asia Minor, so that really not a single Accentor is peculiar to Europe.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Snow-finches and the Eastern alpine accentor appeared to be resident up to the snow-line.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
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