/chif"chaf', -chahf'/, n.
a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.
[1770-80; gradational compound; imit.]

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 (Phylloscopus collybita), warbler (family Sylviidae, order Passeriformes) of western Eurasia, named for its song. This greenish brown bird, 11 cm (4.5 inches) long, with pale eye stripe, restlessly hunts insects in trees and makes a domed nest near the ground.

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