Definition of accentor in English:


Line breaks: ac|cent¦or
Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛntə


  • A small Eurasian songbird with generally drab-coloured plumage.
    • Family Prunellidae and genus Prunella: several species, including the dunnock
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    • Additional subfamilies placed within Passeridae include: sparrows, accentors, weavers and waxbills (Estrildinae).
    • Close relatives to Old World sparrows are pipits (family Motacillidae), accentors (family Prunellidae) and possibly finches (family Fringillidae).
    • However, only terrestrial species have been tested, such as barn swallows, tree swallows, dunnocks, alpine accentors, and acorn woodpeckers.


early 19th century: from late Latin, from ad- 'to' + cantor 'singer'.

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