Definition of prothonotary warbler in English:

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prothonotary warbler


A North American warbler, the male of which has a golden-yellow head, breast, and underparts.
  • Protonotaria citrea, subfamily Parulinae, family Emberizidae.
Example sentences
  • The Connecticut Rare Bird Alert, a recorded telephone announcement, sometimes brings news of a prothonotary warbler or a Kentucky in the vicinity.
  • One prothonotary warbler does not make a May Day, but Shakespeare has bare ruined choirs full of them.
  • Then we turn into a driveway-width water-lane, drifting along under arching tupelos and willows in new leaf, startled only by the emphatic song of prothonotary warblers.


Late 18th century: named with reference to the saffron color of the robes worn by clerks to the Pope (see Protonotary Apostolic).

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Syllabification: pro·thon·o·tar·y war·bler

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