Wheatear meaning

wētîr, hwēt-
Any of several flycatchers of the genus Oenanthe primarily of Eurasia and Africa, having a gray back, buff breast, and white rump.
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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.
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Any of various passerine birds of the genus Oenanthe that feed on insects.
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Origin of wheatear

  • Back-formation from earlier wheatears (taken as pl.) probably by folk etymology from white arse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • wheat +"Ž ear

    From Wiktionary