titmouse

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English titmose, compound of tit (small bird) and Old English māse (titmouse), from Proto-Germanic *maisǭ (compare Dutch mees, German Meise, Old Norse meisingr), from *maisaz (tiny, puny) (compare Norwegian meis (skinny weakling)). The plural is formed in imitation of the otherwise unrelated mouse.

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titmouse (plural titmouses or titmice)

  1. Any small passerine bird of the family Paridae, which are found in the woods of the northern hemisphere and of Africa.

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