Definition of dunnock in English:

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dunnock

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌnək/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

A small European songbird of the accentor family, with a dark grey head and a reddish-brown back. Also called hedge sparrow.
  • Prunella modularis, family Prunellidae
Example sentences
  • However, only terrestrial species have been tested, such as barn swallows, tree swallows, dunnocks, alpine accentors, and acorn woodpeckers.
  • The thicker scrub and thickets of elder, hawthorn and bramble, meanwhile, provide ideal cover for nesting robins, wrens, sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds and thrushes.
  • Birds suffering the steepest falls include the blackbird, dunnock, song thrush, and four types of warbler.

Origin

Middle English: apparently from dun1 (from its brown and grey plumage) + -ock.

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