wren-tit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wren-tit small brown bird of California resembling a wren
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wren-tit A bird, Chamæafasciata, peculiar to California, of uncertain relations, usually made the type and sole member of a family Chamæidæ: so called from its uniting, to some extent, the habits of a wren and of a titmouse. It is about 6 inches long, with very short rounded wings, a long tail, the beak somewhat like that of a titmouse, the plumage remarkably soft and loose, of a dark-brown color, paler below, and the eye white. See Chamæa (with cut). Also called ground-tit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wren-tit a Californian bird (Chamæa fasciata), of dubious relations, at once resembling the wren and the titmouse
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrenna, wrǽnnawrǽne, lascivious.

Usage

In literature:

This duller colored variety has the same nesting habits and similar eggs to those of the Coast Wren-tit.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Again the wren-tit approached stealthily.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
The known ranges of the various forms, or subspecies of the Wren-Tit are given in the following paper.
"Bird-Lore March-April 1916" by Various
I have seen a willow-wren attack and drive away a perfectly inoffensive marsh-tit that happened to alight near it on the grass.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
The resident songsters are the thrush, blackbird, robin, dunnock, wren, tits, chaffinch, greenfinch, and starling.
"Birds in London" by W. H. Hudson
WREN-TITS and BUSH-TITS: Very small; bill short and conical; tail rounded.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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