Waxbill Wax"bill`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of finchlike birds belonging to {Estrelda} and allied genera, native of Asia, Africa, and Australia. The bill is large, conical, and usually red in color, resembling sealing wax. Several of the species are often kept as cage birds. [1913 Webster]

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  • waxbill — [waks′bil΄] n. any of a group of small, Old World passerine birds (family Estrildidae) with waxy pink, scarlet, or white bills: some species are kept as cage birds …   English World dictionary

  • waxbill — /waks bil /, n. any of several small Old World finches, esp. of the genus Estrilda, that have white, pink, or red bills of waxy appearance and are often kept as cage birds. [1745 55; WAX1 + BILL2] * * * ▪ bird       any of several Old World… …   Universalium

  • waxbill — /ˈwæksbɪl/ (say waksbil) noun any of various finch like birds of the subfamily Estrildinae, especially of the genus Estrilda, having coloured bills of waxlike appearance, and including many species commonly kept caged as pets, as the common… …   Australian English dictionary

  • waxbill — tikrosios astrildos statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Estrilda angl. waxbill vok. Eigentlicher Astrild, m rus. астрильд, m; настоящий астрильд, m pranc. astrild, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – astrildiniai siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • waxbill — noun Date: 1757 any of numerous Old World oscine birds (family Estrildidae, especially genus Estrilda) having white, pink, or reddish bills of a waxy appearance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • waxbill — noun Any bird of the genus Estrilda …   Wiktionary

  • waxbill — noun a small finch like songbird with a red bill that resembles sealing wax in colour. [Family Estrildidae: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • waxbill — wax•bill [[t]ˈwæksˌbɪl[/t]] n. orn any of various small, chiefly African finches of the family Estrildidae that have white, pink, or red bills of waxy appearance • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • waxbill — n. any of various birds esp. of the family Estrildidae, with usu. red bills resembling the colour of sealing wax …   Useful english dictionary

  • USS Waxbill (MHC-50) — For other ships of the same name, see USS Waxbill. Career (United States) …   Wikipedia

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