American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous small insect-eating passerine birds of the family Paridae, found in woodland areas throughout the world and including especially members of the genus Parus, such as the chickadee. See Regional Note at tit1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tit; a tomtit; any bird of the family Paridæ, and especially of the subfamily Parinæ. (See the technical names, and cuts under chickadee and Parus.) Those of the genus Parus which occur in Great Britain, and hence have popular English names, are the greater titmouse, P. major; the coal-tit, P. ater (of which the British variety is sometimes called
P. britannicus); the marsh-tit, P. palustris; the blue tit, P. cæruleus: and the crested tit, P. (Lophophanes) cristatus. The long-tailed titmouse is Acredula caudata or rosea. The bearded titmouse is Panurus (or Calamophilus) biarmicus (sometimes put in another family, Panuridæ). in the United States are a number of titmice, commonly called chickadees, with smooth heads and black caps and throats, as Parus atricapillus, etc. There are also several crested ones, forming the genus or subgenus Lophophanes, as the peto, or tufted titmouse, L. bicolor, the black-crested, L. atrocristatus, and others. Titmice which build long pensile nests are called in England bottle-tits, and by many provincial names, including poke-pudding. Those of the United States which have this habit are the bush-tits of the genus Psaltriparus. (See cut under bush-tit.) Others, of Europe and Africa, form the genus Ægithalus, as Æpendulinus, the penduline titmouse. The gold tit, or yellow-headed titmouse, of the southwestern United States, Auriparus flaviceps, also builds a very bulky and elaborate nest of twigs stuffed with feathers. Some of the British tits are called oxeye, and others hickwall.
- n. Any small passerine bird of the family Paridae, which are found in the woods of the northern hemisphere and of Africa.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small insectivorous singing birds belonging to Parus and allied genera; -- called also
tit, and tomtit.
- n. small insectivorous birds
- From Middle English titmose, compound of tit ("small bird") and Old English māse ("titmouse"), from Proto-Germanic *maisōn (compare Dutch mees, German Meise, Old Norse meisingr), from *maisaz (“tiny, puny”) (compare Norwegian meis ("skinny weakling")). The plural is formed in imitation of the otherwise unrelated mouse. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (influenced by mous, mouse) of Middle English titmose : tit- (probably from Old Norse tittr, titmouse) + mose, titmouse (from Old English māse, titmouse). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If I count that as a vote against titmouse, which is what my gut instructs me to do, then we have a final tally in order of funniness of:”
“The titmouse is a fun little visitor to my yard as well.”
“Whatever would they do with the word about a bird called a titmouse?”
“About two dozen or more of a little bird called the titmouse had all perched on one tree, where they were pecking, and fighting, and love-making, and noise-making, all at the same time.”
“One species alone spends its whole time in the woods and fields, never retreating for succour in the severest seasons to houses and neighbourhoods; and that is the delicate long-tailed titmouse, which is almost as minute as the golden-crowned wren; but the blue titmouse or nun (_Parus caeruleus_), the cole-mouse”
“-- as quick as a wink he was changed into a titmouse, which is the least of all the birds in that land.”
“Some of her colleagues in the House have not been too polite-she has been called a "titmouse" and told "Just quiet down, baby.”
“The "titmouse" walnut produces very delicate fruit, rich in oil, and with thin shells, so that the little creatures can pierce the husks and shells while the fruit is still on the bough.”
“As one does not speak of the "egg-box" of the titmouse, meaning "the nest of the titmouse," why should I invoke the box in speaking of the Mantis?”
“There is no more faithful mother in the forest than the blue titmouse, which is a cousin to the chickadee," continued the policeman, "and this spring Tom Titmouse and his wife Nancy set up housekeeping in a little hollow in an elm-tree about half a mile north of this spot.”
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