Definition of waxbill in English:

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waxbill

Pronunciation: /ˈwaksbil/

noun

A small, finchlike Old World songbird, typically brightly colored and with a red bill that resembles sealing wax in color.
  • Family Estrildidae (the waxbill family): several genera, especially Estrilda, and several species. The waxbill family also includes the avadavats, mannikins, cordon-bleu, Java sparrow, zebra finch, etc., many popular as cage birds.
Example sentences
  • About 20 koi carp, worth more than £1,000, were killed, and between 20 and 30 finches, canaries, waxbills and Java sparrows were allowed to escape.
  • Common waxbills are small African finches that select carnivore scat as a material to include in, on, and around their nests.
  • An indignant Cape robin and a sweet waxbill soon followed - each weighing a few grams.

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Syllabification: wax·bill

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