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French fauvette, diminutive of fauve (fawn-coloured).


fauvette (plural fauvettes)

  1. A small songbird, such as a nightingale or warbler.
    • 1853, James Rennie, Bird-architecture (page 287)
      On the other hand a young owl, which had as yet only been fed by hand, began of itself to eat by devouring a fauvette which was lodged with it.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for fauvette in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



From fauve +‎ -ette.


  • IPA(key): /fo.vɛt/
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fauvette f (plural fauvettes)

  1. warbler
    • 1976, Michel Fugain et le Big Bazar, "Le printemps".
      L'hirondelle et la fauvette, c'est la forêt qui me l'a dit / L'hirondelle et la fauvette, ont déjà fait leur nid
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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