Definition of cisticola in English:


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


  • 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.


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

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