any of a genus (Oenanthe) of small, long-legged, migrating thrushes native to the Old World, esp. a species (O. oenanthe) now in North America
Origin of wheatearearlier white ears ; from white + eeres, ers, variant, variety of arse: in reference to its white rump
Any of several flycatchers of the genus Oenanthe primarily of Eurasia and Africa, having a gray back, buff breast, and white rump.
Origin of wheatearBack-formation from earlier wheatears (taken as pl.) : probably by folk etymology from white + arse.