Definition of grosbeak in English:

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grosbeak

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrōsˌbēk/

noun

A finch or related songbird with a stout conical bill and typically brightly colored plumage.
  • Several genera in the family Fringillidae and subfamily Cardinalinae (family Emberizidae); the white-fronted grosbeak or grosbeak weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons) belongs to the family Ploceidae
Example sentences
  • Finches, grosbeaks, titmice, nuthatches, sparrows, and cardinals will beat a path to your door.
  • Songbirds like warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, and sparrows are far from the only birds that display dimorphism.
  • She's had the best luck attracting seed-feeding birds, such as finches, grosbeaks, jays and nuthatches, by using common black oil sunflower seeds.

Origin

Late 17th century: from French grosbec, from gros 'big, fat' + bec 'beak'.

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