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Webster 1913 Edition


Warbler

War′bler

,
Noun.
1.
One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; – applied chiefly to birds.
In lulling strains the feathered
warblers
woo.
Tickell.
2.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of small Old World singing birds belonging to the family
Sylviidae
, many of which are noted songsters. The bluethroat, blackcap, reed warbler (see under
Reed
), and sedge warbler (see under
Sedge
) are well-known species.
3.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of small, often bright colored, American singing birds of the family or subfamily
Mniotiltidae
, or
Sylvicolinae
. They are allied to the Old World warblers, but most of them are not particularly musical.
☞ The American warblers are often divided, according to their habits, into bush warblers, creeping warblers, fly-catching warblers, ground warblers, wood warblers, wormeating warblers, etc.
Bush warbler
(Zool.)
any American warbler of the genus
Opornis
, as the Connecticut warbler (
Opornis agilis
).
Creeping warbler
(Zool.)
,
any one of several species of very small American warblers belonging to
Parula
,
Mniotilta
, and allied genera, as the blue yellow-backed warbler (
Parula Americana
), and the black-and-white creeper (
Mniotilta varia
).
Fly-catching warbler
(Zool.)
,
any one of several species of warblers belonging to
Setophaga
,
Sylvania
, and allied genera having the bill hooked and notched at the tip, with strong rictal bristles at the base, as the hooded warbler (
Sylvania mitrata
), the black-capped warbler (
Sylvania pusilla
), the Canadian warbler (
Sylvania Canadensis
), and the American redstart (see
Redstart
).
Ground warbler
(Zool.)
,
any American warbler of the genus
Geothlypis
, as the mourning ground warbler (
Geothlypis Philadelphia
), and the Maryland yellowthroat (see
Yellowthroat
).
Wood warbler
(Zool.)
,
any one of numerous American warblers of the genus
Dendroica
. Among the most common wood warblers in the Eastern States are the yellowbird, or yellow warbler (see under
Yellow
), the black-throated green warbler (
Dendroica virens
), the yellow-rumped warbler (
Dendroica coronata
), the blackpoll (
Dendroica striata
), the bay-breasted warbler (
Dendroica castanea
), the chestnut-sided warbler (
Dendroica Pennsylvanica
), the Cape May warbler (
Dendroica tigrina
), the prairie warbler (see under
Prairie
), and the pine warbler (
Dendroica pinus
). See also
Magnolia warbler
, under
Magnolia
, and
Blackburnian warbler
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Warbler

WARBLER

,
Noun.
1 . A singer; a songster; used of birds.
In lulling strains the fetherd warblers woo.
2.
The common name of a genus of small birds (Sylvia,) comprising most of the small woodland songsters of Europe and North America. They feed on insects and are very lively and active. The blue-bird is a species of the genus.

Definition 2021


warbler

warbler

English

Noun

warbler (plural warblers)

  1. Any of various small passerine songbirds, especially of the family Sylviidae (Old World warblers) and Parulidae (New World warblers).
  2. One who warbles.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Tickell
      In lulling strains the feathered warblers woo.
    • 2012, Joe Bonomo, Conversations with Greil Marcus (page 87)
      And it looked like at first she was just another pop warbler, and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a great record, but nothing threatening, nothing strange.
  3. (Britain, slang) A hissy fit.

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