Definition of waxbill in English:

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waxbill

Pronunciation: /ˈwaksbɪl/

noun

A small finch-like Old World songbird, typically brightly coloured and with a red bill that resembles sealing wax in colour.
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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