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Definition of "whitethroat" [white•throat]

  • Either of two Old World songbirds (Sylvia communis or S. curruca) having brownish plumage and a white throat and belly. (noun)
  • See white-throated sparrow. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "whitethroat" in a sentence
  • "The note of the whitethroat, which is continually repeated, and often attended with odd gesticulations on the wing, is harsh and displeasing."
  • "Above the white deadnettle, from a branch of flowering blackthorn, almost out of sight, a whitethroat sang."
  • "'A whitethroat sang ... only for a moment — a burst of joy.'"