Definition of accentor in English:

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accentor

Pronunciation: /ˈaksentər/

noun

A small Eurasian songbird with generally drab-colored plumage.
  • Family Prunellidae and genus Prunella: several species.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: ac·cen·tor

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