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

  • n. The sharp whirring or trilling sound made by some insects and birds, such as the grasshopper and partridge.
  • intransitive v. To make a sharp whirring sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative spelling of chirr.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vibrant or whirring noise such as that made by some insects, as the cockchafer, or by some birds, as the nightjar, the partridge, etc.
  • intransitive v. To make a churr, as a cockchafer.
  • transitive v. To utter by churring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See chirr.
  • n. A name for the whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea. Macgillivray.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a vibrant sound, as of some birds

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Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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