from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two Old World songbirds (Sylvia communis or S. curruca) having brownish plumage and a white throat and belly.
- n. See white-throated sparrow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A species of typical warbler, scientific name Sylvia communis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the common European species (Sylvia cinerea), called also strawsmear, nettlebird, muff, and whitecap, the garden whitethroat, or golden warbler (Sylvia hortensis), and the lesser whitethroat (Sylvia curruca).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several small singing birds of the genus Sylvia, found in the British Islands.
- n. The white-throated sparrow, or peabody-bird, of the United States, Zonotriehia albicollis.
- n. A Brazilian humming-bird, Leucochloris albicollis. The character implied in the name is very unusual in this family.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Old World warbler similar to the greater whitethroat but smaller
- n. common North American finch with a white patch on the throat and black-and-white striped crown
- n. greyish-brown Old World warbler with a white throat and underparts
So-called because the male of the species has a white throat (Wiktionary)