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

  • n. Any of various small New World songbirds of the family Parulidae, many of which have brightly colored plumage or markings, as the redstart and the chat. Also called wood warbler.
  • n. Any of various small, often brownish or grayish Old World songbirds of the family Silviidae, as the blackcap and the whitethroat.
  • n. Music One that warbles; a singer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small passerine songbirds, especially of the family Sylviidae (Old World wablers) and Parulidae (New World warblers).
  • n. Agent noun of warble; one who warbles.
  • n. A hissy fit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; -- applied chiefly to birds.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which warbles; a singer; a songster.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In bagpipe music, an appoggiatura, or similar melodic embellishment.
  • n. One of the golden warblers, Dendrœca ruficapilla, of the West Indies.
  • n. The Canadian fly-catching warbler.
  • n. The yellow-rumped warbler. Pennant, 1785. Also umbrose warbler.
  • n. The carbonated warbler.
  • n. 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. The black-throated green warbler.
  • n. The female of the black-throated blue warbler.
  • n. The summer yellow-bird, Dendrœca æstiva, in some obscure plumage.
  • n. The Blackburnian warbler.
  • n. The prairie-warbler.
  • n. The pine-creeper of Edwards, and not of Cates-by; the blue-winged yellow warbler, Helminthophaga pinus.
  • n. The pine-creeper of Catesby, 1771; the pine-creeping warbler, Dendrœca pinus or vigorsi. See cut under pine-warbler.
  • n. The black-and-yellow warbler, Dendrœca maculosa. See spotted (with cut).
  • n. Dendrœca maculosa. See cut under spotted.
  • n. 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. 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.)

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

  • n. a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
  • n. a small active songbird


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