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From black +‎ cap.

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blackcap (plural blackcaps)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, US, regional) Any of various species of titmouse (of the family Paridae), including the American tit (Parus atricapillus) or the black-capped chickadee. [17th–19th c.]
  2. A small Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, which is mainly grey with a black crown. [from 17th c.]
    • 2007, Nancy L. Canepa, translating Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales, Penguin 2007, II.4:
      Other times the cat would run off to the hunting grounds, either the swamps or the Astroni, and when the hunters shot down an oriole or a great tit or a blackcap [transl. capofuscolo], she collected them and presented them to the king with the same message.
  3. (cooking) An apple roasted until black, to be served in a dish of boiled custard. [from 18th c.]
  4. (Canada, US) Whitebark raspberry (Rubus leucodermis). [from 19th c.]

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