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Definition of "flycatcher" [fly•catch•er]

  • Any of various Eurasian birds of the family Muscicapidae that feed on insects, usually catching the insects in flight. (noun)
  • Any of various similar American birds of the family Tyrannidae. Also called tyrant flycatcher. (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 "flycatcher" in a sentence
  • "Sure, some birds have names that describe their activities, such as flycatcher, or gnatcatcher, or their general appearance, such as bluebird, or the place they tend to loiter, such as cowbird."
  • "A short distance up the cañon of the west branch of Clear Creek, a new kind of flycatcher was first heard, and presently seen with my glass."
  • "I have to admit that I don’t know what kind of flycatcher they are although they’ve raised many clutches either on the shutter or in a nest a foot away from the back door."