Definition of wheatear in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wēdˌir/


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, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae: several species, in particular the gray-backed northern wheatear (O. oenanthe), found in the arctic barrens of Eurasia and northeastern Canada.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: wheat·ear

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