Definition of whinchat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwinˌCHat/


A small Eurasian and North African songbird related to the stonechat, with a brown back and orange-buff underparts.
  • Saxicola rubetra, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae.
Example sentences
  • Insect life is increasing rapidly, encouraging birds such as snipe, curlew, grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler, and whinchat.
  • Evidence of breeding for both wheatears and whinchats would be particularly welcomed by the County Recorder!
  • Plenty stonechats, whinchats, wheatear, both adults and young were abundant in numbers.


Late 17th century: from whin1 + chat2.

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Syllabification: whin·chat

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