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dickey bird

Syllabification: dick·ey bird

Definition of dickey bird in English:

noun

informal
Used by children to refer to a little bird.
[ late 18th century: probably from Dicky, nickname for the given name Richard]
Example sentences
  • The best dickey bird of the day was a single Cedar Waxwing sitting on the wire just in front of the watch.
  • You can watch eagles and loons, warblers that migrate here, dickey birds, and waterfowl.
  • A few minutes later my two companions and I walked down a country road examining the little dickey birds perched along the fence.

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