whistler

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whistler (plural whistlers)

  1. Someone or something that whistles.
  2. A bird that whistles (applied regionally to various specific species).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xii:
      The lether-winged Bat, dayes enimy, / The ruefull Strich, still waiting on the bere, / The Whistler shrill, that who so heares, doth dy [...].
  3. A whistling marmot.
  4. A goldeneye.
  5. (physics) An audio-frequency electromagnetic wave produced by atmospheric disturbances such as lightning.

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