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

  • n. Any of several small, short-tailed birds of the family Sittidae, having a long sharp bill and known for climbing down trees headfirst. Also called nutcracker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small passerine birds from the family Sittidae found throughout the Northern hemisphere that have the unusual ability to climb down trees head first.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of birds of the genus Sitta, as the European species (Sitta Europæa). The white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta Carolinensis), the red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis), the pygmy nuthatch (Sitta pygmæa), and others, are American.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of the family Sittidæ.

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

  • n. any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects

Etymologies

Middle English notehache : note, nut; see nut + hache, hatchet (from Old French, perhaps of Germanic origin, from its habit of wedging nuts in bark and hacking them open).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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