• WordNet 3.6
    • n warbler a small active songbird
    • n warbler a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Warbler (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small Old World singing birds belonging to the family Sylviidæ, many of which are noted songsters. The bluethroat, blackcap, reed warbler (see under Reed), and sedge warbler (see under Sedge) are well-known species.
    • Warbler (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small, often bright colored, American singing birds of the family or subfamily Mniotiltidæ, or Sylvicolinæ. They are allied to the Old World warblers, but most of them are not particularly musical.
    • Warbler One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; -- applied chiefly to birds. "In lulling strains the feathered warblers woo."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n warbler One who or that which warbles; a singer; a songster.
    • n warbler Specifically, any one of a great number of small oscine passerine birds, or dentirostral insessorial birds, of different families and many different genera, of both the Old World and the New. Especially— A bird of the group composing the family Sylviidæ, or Óld World warblers, with scarcely any representatives in America. This is one of the most extensive and varied groups of its grade in ornithology, now generally rated as only a subfamily (Sylviinæ) of Turdidæ. These warblers are all small, active, sprightly birds, and many are remarkable for the clearness, sweetness, and flexibility of their song. Among typical warblers of the subfamily Sylviinæ may be noted the species of Sylvia, the leading genus, as the blackcap and whitethroat; of Melizophilus, as the Dartford warbler; of Regulus, as the goldcrest; of Phylloscopus, as the willow-warbler; of Aëdon, as the rufous warbler; of Hypolais, as the icterine warbler; of Acrocephalus, as the reed- or sedge-warbler; of Locustella, as the grasshopper-warbler; of Cettia, as Cetti's warbler. Besides these, the accentor or hedge-sparrow, the nightingale (Daulias luscinia), the redbreast (Erythacus rubecula), the bluethroat, redstart, whinchat, stone-chat, etc., have been brought under the definition of warbler, as members of the sylviine group.
    • n warbler In bagpipe music, an appoggiatura, or similar melodic embellishment.
    • n warbler One of the golden warblers, Dendrœca ruficapilla, of the West Indies.
    • n warbler The Canadian fly-catching warbler.
    • n warbler The yellow-rumped warbler. Pennant, 1785. Also umbrose warbler.
    • n warbler The carbonated warbler.
    • n warbler Any member of the genus Lusciniola, a small group of about 12 species, chiefly Asiatic, and especially Himalayan, with one species extending into the Mediterranean region, and auother in South Africa. There are twelve tail-feathers, the tarsus is scutellate, the wings are short with spurious first primary, and the prevailing colors are russet and olive-brown. The type is L. aëdon (of Pallas). This genus has six other New Latin names.
    • n warbler The black-throated green warbler.
    • n warbler The female of the black-throated blue warbler.
    • n warbler The summer yellow-bird, Dendrœca æstiva, in some obscure plumage.
    • n warbler The Blackburnian warbler.
    • n warbler The prairie-warbler.
    • n warbler The pine-creeper of Edwards, and not of Cates-by; the blue-winged yellow warbler, Helminthophaga pinus.
    • n warbler The pine-creeper of Catesby, 1771; the pine-creeping warbler, Dendrœca pinus or vigorsi. See cut under pine-warbler.
    • n warbler The black-and-yellow warbler, Dendrœca maculosa. See spotted (with cut).
    • n warbler Dendrœca maculosa. See cut under spotted.
    • n warbler The black-and-yellow warbler, Dendrœca maculosa, which has yellow npper tail-coverts like the preceding, but is otherwise quite different. Also called yellow-rumped flycatcher. See cut under spotted.
    • n warbler The willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus. (See also grasshopper-warbler, hermit-warbler, palm-warbler, prairie-warbler, reed-warbler, rock-warbler, sedge-warbler, swamp-warbler, tailor-warbler, tree-warbler, willow-warbler, wood-warbler.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Warbler one that warbles: a songster: a singing-bird: any bird of the family Sylviidæ, the Fauvettes—nightingale, redbreast, stonechat, wheatear, whitethroat, &c., also the reed-warbler, &c.: in bagpipe music an ornamental group of grace-notes, introduced to glide from one passage to the other
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. werbler, to warble, make turns with the voice—Old High Ger. werban; cf. A.S. hweorfan, to turn (Ger. wirbeln), to make a turn.


In literature:

These warblers wait for the leaves to conceal their building, and Winter will betray the deserted hiding-place.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
And one day the Worm-eating Warbler spoke to Grandfather Mole when he happened to see him come out of a hole.
"The Tale of Grandfather Mole" by Arthur Scott Bailey
But have we fully examined this nest of our yellow warbler?
"My Studio Neighbors" by William Hamilton Gibson
The hardier of the warblers pass us in April, stopping a few days before continuing to the northward.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Although this bird is called the Kentucky Warbler, we must not think he visits that state alone.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [August, 1897]" by Various
That would seem rather dull to a warbler like you.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
For my sake there came together, here in the big field, all the singers and warblers and dancers.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
During every migration large numbers of warblers visit us.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
So the warblers, coming home late with two long wrigglers for him, had found the nest empty.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
And behind them, and very near, a rival to the warbler in the meadow began singing.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood

In poetry:

In vain the feather'd warblers sing,
In vain the garden blooms,
And on the bosom of the spring
Breathes out her sweet perfumes.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
When Phyllis smiles, her glance beguiles
My heart through love-lit woodland aisles,
And through the silence high and clear,
A wooing warbler's song I hear.
"Response" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And it's wonderful how o'er the gray sky-track
The truant warbler comes stealing back.
But why need he come? for your soul's at rest,
And the song in the heart,--ah, that is best.
"Just Whistle A Bit" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
We have no singers like the ones whose note
Gave challenge to the noblest warbler's song.
We have no voice so mellow, sweet, and strong
As that which broke from Shelley's golden throat.
"Prometheus" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
But when, disdaining art, the fair
Assumes a soft engaging air;
Mild as the opening morn of May,
And as the feather'd warblers gay;
The scene improves where'er she goes,
More sweetly smile the pink and rose.
"Song XIX. - When bright Ophelia treads the green" by William Shenstone
For the slopes are clad with heather, noddin' heather, purple heather,
Where the bees make honey-music in the noon;
An' if you should chance to stray there in a scrap o' sunny weather
A warbler will be tossin' you a tune.
"The “Bohareen”" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

A falcon, a warbler, and a hummingbird to find now.
Sutton's Warbler west of Green Bay, Wisconsin, May 2011.
There, this warbler heard our soon-to-be-ex-Governor Janet Napolitano on the talk show Here and Now.
Readers side with warbler after man fined for building on bird habitat.
Fall Warbler Migration Walk: Oct 4 at 6 pm LCEI, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Twp.
Nolan Gerard Funk is putting on the Warblers blazer.
WVU researchers to study warbler decline.
An unwelcome bird tried to enter a box containing a family of what I think are Tennessee warblers in my.
The "Mini Warbler " is Back.
As if this little "Gleek" has not brought us enough joy already…The Mini Warbler has a NEW video.
Mini Warbler Sings 'Glee'-Inspired 'Teenage Dream.
Swainson's Warblers do, however, respond aggressively to a recording of their own song.
What to look for to identify Wilson's Warbler.
When I was 12 years old and struggling to learn the warblers, Wilson's Warbler made me smile.
New Directions finally comes together, bromances and the return of the Warblers highlight the episode.