• WordNet 3.6
    • n fieldfare medium-sized Eurasian thrush seen chiefly in winter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fieldfare (Zoöl) a small thrush (Turdus pilaris) which breeds in northern Europe and winters in Great Britain. The head, nape, and lower part of the back are ash-colored; the upper part of the back and wing coverts, chestnut; -- called also fellfare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fieldfare The common English name of a European thrush, Turdus pilaris, of the family Turdidæ, about 10 inches long, of a reddish-brown color, with blackish tail and ashy head, a winter resident in Great Britain, breeding far north. It has many other names, besides the dialectal variants of fieldfare, derived from its color, cries, movements, etc., some of them shared by related species of British thrushes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fieldfare a species of thrush, having a reddish-yellow throat and breast spotted with black
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feldfare, AS. feldfare,; field + faran, to travel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feld; cf. Dut. veld, the open country, Ger. feld.


In literature:

Of our winter visitants that come to take the place of the summer migrants the fieldfare is the commonest and most familiar.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
The fieldfares will soon be here now, and the redwings, coming as they have done for generations about the time of the sowing of the corn.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
Mr. Fieldfare pursued this course because he had a deep instinct for being in the minority.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
I am allowed to have game; and the doctor said that fieldfares were very wholesome for me.
"Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2" by Lady Wallace
I have followed the swallows, but the fieldfares and the buntings must also go soon.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
Fieldfares and Mistletoe Thrushes usually sell at fourpence each, the rest at fourpence a couple.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
The fieldfares, too, as I have previously observed, do not stay.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
The martins and red-wing fieldfares were flying in sight together, an uncommon assemblage of summer and winter birds!
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
Fieldfares and redwings come in great numbers.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
It appears that redwings and fieldfares are caught by this method also, as well as a few ring-ousels and blackbirds.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
In the winter the down is left to the hares and fieldfares.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The Starlings are come in large flocks; and, which is deemed a sign of a hard winter, the Fieldfares are come at an early season.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
We have found many nests of the latter in the trees, and one of a fieldfare in a bank.
"Three in Norway" by James Arthur Lees
Flocks of redwings and fieldfares are commonly seen during the end of the season.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
It is, like the Fieldfare, a bird of passage, reaching us from the north about the same time with the Woodcock, in October.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
This species is smaller than the song thrush, and has much resemblance to the fieldfare.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Some redwings come here every winter, but they are less common than fieldfares and they are not so noticeable.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
Among the winter visitors to the outskirts of the metropolis, the fieldfare is the most abundant as well as the most attractive.
"Birds in London" by W. H. Hudson