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

  • n. See black raspberry.
  • n. A small European warbler (Sylvia atricapilla), the male of which is gray with a black crown.
  • n. Any of various other black-crowned birds, such as the chickadee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, which is mainly grey with a black crown.
  • n. Whitebark raspberry.
  • n. An American titmouse (Parus atricapillus); the chickadee.
  • n. An apple roasted until black, to be served in a dish of boiled custard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A small European song bird (Sylvia atricapilla), with a black crown; the mock nightingale.
  • n. An American titmouse (Parus atricapillus); the chickadee. Also called the black-cap chickadee.
  • n. An apple roasted till black, to be served in a dish of boiled custard.
  • n. The black raspberry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who wears a black cap.
  • n. A name given to various birds having the top of the head black.
  • n. The cattail reed, Typha latifolia.
  • n. A popular name of the plant and fruit of the black-fruited raspberry, Rubus occidentalis, occurring wild in many portions of the United States, and also cultivated in several varieties. Also called thimbleberry.
  • n. An apple roasted until it is black.

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

  • n. chickadee having a dark crown
  • n. small black-headed European gull
  • n. small brownish-grey warbler with a black crown
  • n. raspberry native to eastern North America having black thimble-shaped fruit


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  • The blackcap is a fine songbird, with its inventive, fluting notes. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Yellow buttercups and blue speedwells in the grass, leaves eager with fresh rain in trees above; chiffchaff and blackcap singing; she was not dead yet.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • He might have expected Chopin with a beak: lyrical cascades and liquid melodies that give its relative, the blackcap, the name "northern nightingale".

    Country diary: Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire

  • Blackthorn blossom foams along the sides of shorn hedgerows but grows unchecked with willow catkins and flowering gorse bushes in neglected thickets which shelter the returned chiffchaff and blackcap.

    Country diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • Plumage characters suggest that the Abyssinian catbird is a babbler whose nearest relative may be the bush blackcap, Lioptilus nigricapillus, found in the thickets and forests of eastern South Africa.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian catbird, Parophasma galinieri

  • The trust has recorded birds at Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire and created an online audio guide to some of Britain's best-loved species, from favourites such as the robin and members of the tit family to the blackcap and great-crested grebe.

    Beat winter blues with birdsong, National Trust urges

  • • Other species you can hear include wood pigeon, carrion crow, blue tit, blackcap, mallard, pheasant, coot and the great-crested grebe.

    Listen to the National Trust audio guide to Britain's bird species

  • At ten to four I was awoken by a blackcap hopping along the tin roof, then striking up the most exquisite warbling, at first utterly solo in the half-light, soon joined by other birds.


  • The blackcap is there, bouncing energetically through the crackling leaves at the edge of the eucalyptus, singing as if it has received word of the good things in life.

    A Year on the Wing

  • On a late February day at a suburban crossroads in Bristol, a blackcap is calling its harsh chack from a eucalyptus tree.

    A Year on the Wing


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