noun Etymology: 2chat Date: circa 1783 an Old World oscine songbird (Saxicola torquata) of the thrush family; also any of various related birds (genus Saxicola)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Stonechat — Stone chat , n. [Stone + chat.] [So called from the similarity of its alarm note to the clicking together of two pebbles.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A small, active, and very common European singing bird ({Pratincola rubicola}); called also {chickstone},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stonechat — ► NOUN ▪ a small heathland bird with a call like two stones being knocked together …   English terms dictionary

  • stonechat — [stōn′chat΄] n. [from its cry, like the sound of pebbles knocked together] any of certain small, insect eating Old World thrushes (esp. Saxicola torquata) with a black head and back and a white rump …   English World dictionary

  • stonechat — Wheatear Wheat ear , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small European singing bird ({Saxicola [oe]nanthe}). The male is white beneath, bluish gray above, with black wings and a black stripe through each eye. The tail is black at the tip and in the middle, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stonechat — Chat Chat, n. 1. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip. [1913 Webster] Snuff, or fan, supply each pause of chat, With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of the genus {Icteria}, allied to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stonechat — tikrosios kiauliukės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Saxicola angl. bushchat; chat; stonechat rus. настоящий чекан, m; чекан, m pranc. tarier, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – kiauliukės siauresnis terminas – baltauodegė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • stonechat — /stohn chat /, n. any of several small Old World birds, esp. of the genus Saxicola, as S. torquata. [1775 85; STONE + CHAT, so called from its warning cry which sounds like a clash of stones] * * * ▪ bird       (species Saxicola torquata),… …   Universalium

  • stonechat — noun Any of various small Old World passerine birds of the genus Saxicola that feed on insects …   Wiktionary

  • stonechat — n. type of European thrush (so called because of its cry which sounds like clashing stones) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stonechat — noun a small heathland bird of the thrush family, with a call like two stones being knocked together. [Saxicola torquata and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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