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A small, long-tailed bird (Psaltriparus minimus) of western North America, having predominantly gray plumage.
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(Animals) any small grey active North American songbird of the genus Psaltriparus, such as P. minimus (common bushtit): family Paridae (titmice)
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a small songbird, Psaltriparus minimus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, that constructs long nests.
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Noun1.bushtit - active grey titmice of western North Americabushtit - active grey titmice of western North America
titmouse, tit - small insectivorous birds
genus Psaltriparus, Psaltriparus - a genus of Paridae
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