Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See least flycatcher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small American bird (Empidonax minimus); the least flycatcher.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See chebacco.
  • n. A small American bird (Empidonax minimus); the least flycatcher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as xebec.
  • n. A name for the least flycatcher, Empidonax minutus: used chiefly in New England.

Etymologies

Imitative of its call.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Imitative of its note. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The least flycatcher has another name which at once distinguishes him -- chebec '.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • A pair of the least fly-catchers, the bird which says chebec, chebec, and is a small edition of the pewee, one season built their nest where

    Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and Other Papers

  • For example, I have often seen the least flycatcher (a very unromantic-looking body, surely) when he was almost beside himself; flying in a circle, and repeating breathlessly his emphatic _chebec_.

    Birds in the Bush

  • His _killic_ (so written in the books, and I do not know how to improve upon it) resembles the _chebec_ of the least flycatcher, though much less emphatic, as well as much less frequently uttered, while his

    The Foot-path Way

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