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  • noun Plural form of tomtit.


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  • She tears up a handful of wild thyme and smells it, or calls the tomtits and the jays -- who never come to her by any chance.

    Barks and Purrs

  • It is probable that the linnets and tomtits of the last century gossiped a great deal about the chief justice.

    Les Miserables

  • Other endemic taxa of land birds include the Auckland Islands Rail Lewinia muelleri (VU), the Antipodes Parakeet Cyanoramphus unicolor (VU), snipe Coenocorypha aucklandica (LR) on Campbell, Snares, Antipodes and Auckland Islands, tomtits (Petroica macrocephala) on Snares and Auckland Island, and the Banded Dotterel Charadrius bicinctus exilis.

    Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand

  • Delicate yellow blades of grass nodded over the blanching turf; the nimble tomtits were hopping about the bare dark-brown twigs; some belated larks were hurriedly running about the paths; a hare was creeping cautiously about among the greens; a herd of cattle wandered lazily over the stubble.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • Also, there came hovering about us goldfinches with their little red-hooded crests, and fussy tomtits in their cravats of yellow, while a nimble, dark, blue woodpecker scaled the stem of an apple tree.

    Through Russia

  • “But is it necessary for us to perch like a gang of tomtits on fenceposts during this conference?”

    Conqueror's Moon

  • "We sometimes catch twenty tomtits before breakfast," said a modest-looking sportsman, modestly, but not shamefacedly, showing us one thrush and one linnet.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845.

  • Overhead little birds, tomtits and creepers, played about the bark of the fir-trees; a robin came and looked at her consideringly, with a bright sensible eye; from two hundred feet below, the murmur of the burn rose constant and insistent; but no other sound broke the stillness, nor was there any sign of human life upon the top of the cliff.

    The Ashiel mystery A Detective Story

  • The birds are the raven, white-necked starling, _bullfinch_, crimson and yellow shrikelets, blue tomtits, lesser ditto with two stripes on the head, white-rumped waterchat, red-tailed chesnuty sparrow.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • On his return home, however, he examined his letter-box more closely, and then found several tomtits in it; and on further search, he discovered the missing cheque lying twenty-six yards away on the turnpike road, whither it was evident it had been carried by a tomtit, since it bore abundant marks of the bird's beak.

    Little Folks (November 1884) A Magazine for the Young


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