whitethroat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whitethroat common North American finch with a white patch on the throat and black-and-white striped crown
    • n whitethroat greyish-brown Old World warbler with a white throat and underparts
    • n whitethroat Old World warbler similar to the greater whitethroat but smaller
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whitethroat (Zoöl) Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the common European species (Sylvia cinerea), called also strawsmear nettlebird muff, and whitecap, the garden whitethroat, or golden warbler Sylvia hortensis), and the lesser whitethroat Sylvia curruca).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whitethroat One of several small singing birds of the genus Sylvia, found in the British Islands. The common white-throat is S. cinerea. The lesser whitethroat is S. curruca. The garden-whitethroat is S. hortensis, also called billy whitethroat and greater pettichaps. See cut in preceding column.
    • n whitethroat The white-throated sparrow, or peabody-bird, of the United States, Zonotriehia albicollis.
    • n whitethroat A Brazilian humming-bird, Leucochloris albicollis. The character implied in the name is very unusual in this family.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whitethroat a bird of the same genus as the Blackcap, having the breast and belly of a brownish-white
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwít; Ice. hvitr, Ger. weiss.

Usage

In literature:

The whitethroat sings with crest erect, and attitudes of warning and defiance.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
The song of the thrush, the chatter of the whitethroats, the sight of a hedge-sparrow, gave him inexpressible pleasure.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
The Lesser Whitethroat is included in Professor Ansted's list, and only marked as occurring in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
The note of the whitethroat, which is continually repeated, and often attended with odd gesticulations on the wing, is harsh and displeasing.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
There were fairies, too, in the bower; four little whitethroats were flitting about in the sunshine.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Another whitethroat follows immediately, and there is not a leaf forgotten nor a creeping thing that can hide from them.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
Why, that was only a whitethroat.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Similar antics are performed by the whitethroat.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Whitethroats are in full song everywhere: they have a twitter sometimes like swallows.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The experiments with the Blackbirds and the Whitethroats gave the most interesting results.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
"Golden Numbers" by Various
I waited a full minute longer, then whistled the whitethroat's call.
"The Little Red Foot" by Robert W. Chambers
The Whitethroat is in England the most common of all the migratory warblers, and is generally diffused.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Greater whitethroats are as common in this garden and neighbourhood as in most places.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
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