Definitions

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

Etymologies

So-called because the male of the species has a white throat (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The note of the whitethroat, which is continually repeated, and often attended with odd gesticulations on the wing, is harsh and displeasing.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

  • Above the white deadnettle, from a branch of flowering blackthorn, almost out of sight, a whitethroat sang.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • 'A whitethroat sang ... only for a moment — a burst of joy.'

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • A whitethroat flies out over the salt marsh from its grassed nesting bank on the most recent seawall, singing its dry ratchet song over the slippery green ooze; a redshank agitated by a marsh harrier towers inland over emerald wheat fields calling its bleak mud-flat alarm.

    A Year on the Wing

  • A poignant example is the whitethroat, a small songbird common throughout Europe.

    The Power Of Cuddly

  • Any of several small European birds; esp., the whitethroat, the garden warbler, or the blackcap, which use bedstraw (Galium) in their nests.

    The Annotated "Jack Straw"

  • When the whitethroat came and burgeoning grains put out

    The Wood Carver's Wife

  • But it is not only a delight to me to listen to the lark singing at heaven's gate and to the vesper nightingale in the oak copse -- the singer of a golden throat and wondrous artistry; I also love the smaller vocalists -- the modest shufewing and the lesser whitethroat and the yellowhammer with his simple chant.

    Afoot in England

  • The green caterpillar swings as he spins his thread and lengthens his cable to the tide of air, descending from the tree; before he can slip it the whitethroat takes him.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

  • The whitethroat frequents the hedge and ditch, and there weaves its slender nest.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

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