percher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n percher a bird with feet adapted for perching (as on tree branches); this order is now generally abandoned by taxonomists
    • n percher a person situated on a perch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Percher A Paris candle anciently used in England; also, a large wax candle formerly set upon the altar.
    • Percher One of the Insessores.
    • Percher One who, or that which, perches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n percher That which perches; specifically, a perching bird as distinguished from birds that rest on the ground; a bird of the old order Insessores.
    • n percher A workman who performs the operation of perching or burling.
    • n percher A wax candle; especially, a large wax candle usually placed on an altar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Percher a bird that perches on trees
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Perch (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perche—L. pertica, a rod.

Usage

In literature:

The highest class of birds is the "perchers," and many friends of yours belong to this.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
The sparrows are perchers, grain-eaters, free-fliers, and singers; and they, of all birds, are the friends and neighbors of man.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
The perchers are less widely distributed.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Gutter percher (gutta percha).
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
This bird, as we have already said, is called, in bird-catchers' language, a percher.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
For instance, all birds who have feet made to clasp a perch, and so are perchers, are put in an order together.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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