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A small songbird with drab plumage and a downcurved bill, which creeps about on the trunks of trees to search for insects.Compare with creeper (sense 2)
- ‘Other victims have included young treecreepers and house sparrows.’
- ‘Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for treecreepers, goldcrests and many other species.’
- ‘For every obvious crossbill, razorbill, greenfinch, woodpecker, warbler, treecreeper, swift or flycatcher there is a mysterious wigeon, garganey, gadwall, bittern, siskin, pipit, shrike or twite.’
- ‘At one time treecreepers appeared regularly in our garden, often in company with mixed parties of roving tits and goldcrests.’
- ‘The birdwatcher tipped me off about the treecreepers on the edge of the wood, but I forgot to look when I got there because the view was so eye-catching.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.