Tit

Tit

(?), n. 1. A small horse. Tusser.
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2. A woman; -- used in contempt. Burton.
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3. A morsel; a bit. Halliwell.
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4. [OE.; cf. Icel. titter a tit or small bird. The word probably meant originally, something small, and is perhaps the same as teat. Cf. Titmouse, Tittle.] (Zol.) (a) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to the families Parid and Leiotrichid; a titmouse. (b) The European meadow pipit; a titlark.
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Ground tit. (Zol.) See Wren tit, under Wren. -- Hill tit (Zol.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic singing birds belonging to Siva, Milna, and allied genera. -- Tit babbler (Zol.), any one of several species of small East Indian and Asiatic timaline birds of the genus Trichastoma. -- Tit for tat. [Probably for tip for tap. See Tip a slight blow.] An equivalent; retaliation. -- Tit thrush (Zol.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic and East Indian birds belonging to Suthora and allied genera. In some respects they are intermediate between the thrushes and titmice.
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