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  • n. Alternative form of pettychaps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See pettychaps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gardenwarbler, Sylvia hortensis.
  • n. Some similar British warbler, as the willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus, or the chiffchaff, P. rufus. See also cut under chiffchaff. Also pettychaps.


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  • A rare, and I think a new, little bird frequents my garden, which I have great reason to think is the pettichaps: it is common in some parts of the kingdom; and I have received formerly several dead specimens from

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2


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  • Ooh, another bird nickname! Thanks, c_b.

    March 4, 2008

  • "'But you will admit that it is whimsical to make distinctions between the lesser pettichaps and her kin, counting their wing-feathers, measuring their bills, and to neglect the albatrosses, the great soaring birds of the world...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 147–148

    March 4, 2008