Definition of dickcissel in English:


Line breaks: dick|cis¦sel
Pronunciation: /dɪkˈsɪs(ə)l
, ˈdɪksɪs(ə)l/


  • 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)
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    • 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.


late 19th century: imitative of its call.

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