Woodchat

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Woodchat (Zoöl) Any one of several species of Asiatic singing birds belonging to the genera Ianthia and Larvivora. They are closely allied to the European robin. The males are usually bright blue above, and more or less red or rufous beneath.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n woodchat The red-backed shrike or butcher-bird of Africa and Europe, Laniusrufus. Also called L. auriculatus and by other names. It is occasionally seen in Great Britain in sum mer. The name is misleading, as the bird is not a chat in any proper sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Woodchat a bird which, notwithstanding its name, is not a species of Chat, but of Shrike
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wudu; cog. with Ice. vidhr, wood; akin to Ir. fiodh, timber.