Definition of wheatear in English:


Line breaks: wheat|ear
Pronunciation: /ˈwiːtɪə


  • A mainly Eurasian and African songbird related to the chats, with black and buff or black and white plumage and a white rump.
    • Genus Oenanthe, family Turdidae: several species, in particular the grey-backed (northern) wheatear (O. oenanthe) of Eurasia and NE Canada
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    • Skylarks, wheatears, pipits and greylag geese fill any silences that remain.
    • Other species such as the wheatear, ring ouzel, and sandwich tern have all been observed about one week earlier than usual.
    • The name wheatears comes from the Anglo-Saxon.


late 16th century: apparently from white (assimilated to wheat) + arse (assimilated to ear2).

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