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1a bird with a musical song. 2 Ornithology a perching bird of an advanced group distinguished by having the muscles of the syrinx attached to the bronchial semirings; an oscine passerine.
- Suborder Oscines, order Passeriformes; in Europe ‘songbird’ is effectively synonymous with ‘passerine’ or ‘perching bird.’
3 informal a female singer:the title track is the kind of tune any Nashville songbird could do