Definition of dickcissel in English:

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dickcissel

Pronunciation: /dɪkˈsɪs(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪksɪs(ə)l/

noun

A sparrow-like North American songbird related to the cardinals, with a black-and-white throat and bright yellow breast.
  • Spiza americana, family Emberizidae (subfamily Cardinalinae).
Example sentences
  • Grasslands and prairies support a number of polygynous species as well, including meadowlarks, bobolinks, dickcissels, lark buntings, and great-tailed grackles.
  • He's set up a network of 15 computerized monitoring stations that listen for dickcissels in flight.
  • Henslow's sparrows were present in five of the six tracts and dickcissels present in all six.

Origin

Late 19th century: imitative of its call.

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