Definition of cisticola in English:

cisticola

Line breaks: cis|ti¦cola
Pronunciation: /sɪsˈtɪkələ
 
, ˌsɪstɪˈkəʊlə/

noun

A small Old World warbler with brownish streaked plumage, found mainly in Africa.
More example sentences
  • In ornithological circles, he perhaps is best known for unraveling the systematics of the cisticolas, a notoriously difficult group of Old World warblers.
  • For his own contributions, he chose the difficult bulbuls in volume 4 and the cisticolas in volume 5.
  • The zitting cisticola takes insects and insect larvae on the ground.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek kistos 'flowering shrub' + Latin -col- 'dwelling in' (from the verb colere).

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grammarian
Pronunciation: grəˈmɛːrɪən
noun
a person who studies and writes about grammar