(Science: ornithology) Any one of several species of birds of the genus Sitta, as the European species (Sitta Europaea). The white-breasted nuthatch (S. Carolinensis), the red-breasted nuthatch (S. Canadensis), the pygmy nuthatch (S. Pygmaea), and others, are American.

Origin: OE. Nuthake. See Hack.

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