dagbreker, noun

Forms:
Also dachbreaker, dakbreeker.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, dagbreek dawn, dag day + breek break, + agential suffix -er.
Any of three species of chats of the family Turdidae: Ceromela familiaris (see spekvreter), C. sinuata, or Saxicola torquata. Also in dimunitive form dagbrekertjie /-ki/, and partial translation of dachbreaker.
Note:
In G.L. Maclean’s Roberts' Birds of Sn Afr. (1984), the name ‘familiar chat’ is used for C. familiaris, ‘sicklewinged chat’ for C. sinuata, and ‘stonechat’ for S. torquata.
1892 S. Schonland in The Jrnl 12 Jan. 3Albany Museum. During the months of November and December, 1891, the following donations have been received...Dachbreaker, (Saxicola galtoni), [etc.].
1908 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 20This bird is called the ‘Dagbreker’ by the Boers (meaning daybreaker), a name which is, however, also applied to the Familiar chat in some districts.
c1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 29At Springfontein,..the local name for both this bird (sc. the Sicklewinged Chat) and the Familiar Chat is the ‘Dagbreker’.
1956 A.G. McRae Hill Called Grazing 38The ravages of time and the little dakbreeker birds had made great, gaping holes in this cover.
1973 J. Cope Alley Cat 76The dagbreekertjie, the little flycatcher, is making its whistling song for the coming day.
Any of three species of chats of the family Turdidae: Ceromela familiarisspekvreter, C. sinuata, or Saxicola torquata. Also in dimunitive form dagbrekertjie-ki, and partial translation of dachbreaker.
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