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titmouse

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪtmaʊs
 
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Definition of titmouse in English:

noun (plural titmice /-mʌɪs/)

Another term for tit1.
Example sentences
  • A mockingbird sang nonstop, sometimes making up his own phrases, sometimes mimicking a bluebird, sometimes mimicking a titmouse.
  • Perhaps our best birder poet, he has written memorably about chickadees, towhees, titmice, owls, great blue herons, pelicans, kingfishers, and many others, always effacing himself before the glory of the thing seen.
  • Surely there was gaiety in summer, but for now, gray titmice moved close to the ground, almost silent, probably killing the insects who only wanted to sleep until spring.

Origin

Middle English: from tit1 + obsolete mose 'titmouse'. The change in the ending in the 16th century was due to association with mouse, probably because of the bird's size and quick movements.

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