noun Etymology: Middle English notehache, from note nut + -hache; akin to Old English tohaccian to hack — more at hack Date: 14th century any of various small tree-climbing chiefly insectivorous birds (family Sittidae and especially genus Sitta) that have a compact body, a narrow bill, a short tail, and sometimes a black cap

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Nuthatch — Nut hatch , n. [OE. nuthake. See 2d {Hack}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of birds of the genus {Sitta}, as the European species ({Sitta Europ[ae]a}). The {white breasted nuthatch} ({Sitta Carolinensis}), the {red breasted nuthatch}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nuthatch — (n.) mid 14c., probably so called from its habit of breaking open and eating nuts; from NUT (Cf. nut) + second element related to HACK (Cf. hack) (v.) and HATCHET (Cf. hatchet) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nuthatch — [nut′hach΄] n. [ME notehach < note, nutte, NUT + * hache < hacken, HACK1] any of various small passerine birds (family Sittidae) with a sharp beak and a short tail, usually searching for insects by moving down tree trunks …   English World dictionary

  • Nuthatch — Nuthatches A Eurasian Nuthatch climbing a tree trunk in search of food Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • nuthatch — /nut hach /, n. any of numerous small, short tailed, sharp beaked birds of the family Sittidae that creep on trees and feed on small nuts and insects. [1300 50; ME notehache, nuthagge, nuthak, lit., nut hacker. See NUT, HACK1] * * * Any of about… …   Universalium

  • nuthatch — bukučiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Sitta angl. nuthatch vok. Kleiber, m rus. настоящий поползень, m; поползень, m pranc. sittelle, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – bukutiniai siauresnis terminas – alžyrinis bukutis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • nuthatch — noun Any of various small passerine birds from the family Sittidae found throughout the Northern hemisphere that have the unusual ability to climb down trees head first …   Wiktionary

  • nuthatch — n. small blue gray bird which climbs down trees eating insects and seeds …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nuthatch — noun a small songbird, typically grey backed with pale underparts, which climbs up and down tree trunks. [Sitta europaea and related species.] Origin ME: from nut + obs. hatch (rel. to hack1) …   English new terms dictionary

  • nuthatch — nut·hatch …   English syllables

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