from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small thrush (Oenanthe oenanthe) having a gray back, buff breast, and white rump, found in open areas of most northern regions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various passerine birds of the genus Oenanthe that feed on insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small European singing bird (Saxicola œnanthe). The male is white beneath, bluish gray above, with black wings and a black stripe through each eye. The tail is black at the tip and in the middle, but white at the base and on each side. Called also checkbird, chickell, dykehopper, fallow chat, fallow finch, stonechat, and whitetail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ear of wheat.
- n. A chat of the genus Saxicola, Saxicola œnanthe, the stone-chat, fallow-finch, or whitetail, an oscine passerine bird abundant in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and found sparingly in North America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small songbird of northern America and Eurasia having a distinctive white rump
Back-formation from earlier wheatears (taken as pl.) : probably by folk etymology from white + arse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
wheat + ear (Wiktionary)