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A bird of the family Paridae of small insectivorous passerines; a titmouse or chickadee.
Of, relating to, or designating birds of the family Paridae.
1950s; earliest use found in Journal of Animal Ecology. From scientific Latin Paridae, family name from Parus, genus name (Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 10, 1758) I. 189: see note) + -idae.
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