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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dunnock  \Dun"nock\,  n.  [Cf.  {Dun},a.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  The  hedge  sparrow  or  hedge  accentor.  [Local,  Eng.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hedge  \Hedge\,  n.  [OE.  hegge,  AS  hecg;  akin  to  haga  an 
  inclosure,  E.  haw,  AS  hege  hedge,  E.  haybote,  D.  hegge,  OHG. 
  hegga,  G.  hecke.  [root]12.  See  {Haw}  a  hedge.] 
  A  thicket  of  bushes,  usually  thorn  bushes;  especially,  such  a 
  thicket  planted  as  a  fence  between  any  two  portions  of  land; 
  and  also  any  sort  of  shrubbery,  as  evergreens,  planted  in  a 
  line  or  as  a  fence;  particularly,  such  a  thicket  planted 
  round  a  field  to  fence  it  or  in  rows  to  separate  the  parts 
  of  a  garden. 
 
  The  roughest  berry  on  the  rudest  hedge.  --Shak. 
 
  Through  the  verdant  maze  Of  sweetbrier  hedges  I  pursue 
  my  walk.  --Thomson. 
 
  Note:  Hedge,  when  used  adjectively  or  in  composition,  often 
  means  rustic,  outlandish,  illiterate,  poor,  or  mean 
  as  hedge  priest;  hedgeborn,  etc 
 
  {Hedge  bells},  {Hedge  bindweed}  (Bot.),  a  climbing  plant 
  related  to  the  morning-glory  ({Convolvulus  sepium}). 
 
  {Hedge  bill},  a  long-handled  billhook. 
 
  {Hedge  garlic}  (Bot.),  a  plant  of  the  genus  {Alliaria}.  See 
  {Garlic  mustard},  under  {Garlic}. 
 
  {Hedge  hyssop}  (Bot.),  a  bitter  herb  of  the  genus  {Gratiola}, 
  the  leaves  of  which  are  emetic  and  purgative. 
 
  {Hedge  marriage},  a  secret  or  clandestine  marriage, 
  especially  one  performed  by  a  hedge  priest.  [Eng.] 
 
  {Hedge  mustard}  (Bot.),  a  plant  of  the  genus  {Sisymbrium}, 
  belonging  to  the  Mustard  family. 
 
  {Hedge  nettle}  (Bot.),  an  herb,  or  under  shrub,  of  the  genus 
  {Stachys},  belonging  to  the  Mint  family.  It  has  a 
  nettlelike  appearance,  though  quite  harmless. 
 
  {Hedge  note}. 
  a  The  note  of  a  hedge  bird. 
  b  Low  contemptible  writing.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  {Hedge  priest},  a  poor,  illiterate  priest.  --Shak. 
 
  {Hedge  school},  an  open-air  school  in  the  shelter  of  a  hedge, 
  in  Ireland;  a  school  for  rustics. 
 
  {Hedge  sparrow}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  European  warbler  ({Accentor 
  modularis})  which  frequents  hedges.  Its  color  is  reddish 
  brown,  and  ash;  the  wing  coverts  are  tipped  with  white. 
  Called  also  {chanter},  {hedge  warbler},  {dunnock},  and 
  {doney}. 
 
  {Hedge  writer},  an  insignificant  writer,  or  a  writer  of  low 
  scurrilous  stuff.  [Obs.]  --Swift. 
 
  {To  breast  up  a  hedge}.  See  under  {Breast}. 
 
  {To  hang  in  the  hedge},  to  be  at  a  standstill.  ``While  the 
  business  of  money  hangs  in  the  hedge.''  --Pepys. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dunnock 
  n  :  small  brownish  European  songbird  [syn:  {hedge  sparrow},  {sparrow}, 
  {Prunella  modularis}] 




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