Crossbill
Crossbill Cross"bill`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A bird of the genus {Loxia}, allied to the finches. Their mandibles are strongly curved and cross each other; the crossbeak. [1913 Webster]

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  • Crossbill — Red (Common) Crossbill Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Crossbill — Cross bill ( b[i^]l ). (Law) A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery suit, against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in that suit. Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Note: In criminal practice, cross bills of indictment for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crossbill — [krôs′bil΄] n. any of a genus (Loxia) of finches having a bill with curving points that cross …   English World dictionary

  • crossbill — /kraws bil , kros /, n. any bird belonging to the genus Loxia, of the finch family, characterized by mandibles curved so that the tips cross each other when the bill is closed. [1665 75; CROSS + BILL2] * * * ▪ bird genus  any of several species… …   Universalium

  • crossbill — kryžiasnapiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Loxia angl. crossbill vok. Kreuzschnabel, m rus. клёст, m pranc. bec croisé, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – čivyliai siauresnis terminas – eglinis kryžiasnapis siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • crossbill — noun Date: circa 1672 any of a genus (Loxia of the family Fringillidae) of finches with curved mandibles that cross each other …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crossbill — noun Any of various finches of the genus Loxia, whose bill crosses over at the tips; they are specialist feeders on conifer cones …   Wiktionary

  • crossbill — n. any of several species of bird with curved mandibles which cross when closed and enable the bird to extract seeds from cones …   English contemporary dictionary

  • crossbill — noun a thickset finch with a crossed bill adapted for extracting seeds from the cones of conifers. [Loxia curvirostra and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • crossbill — cross•bill [[t]ˈkrɔsˌbɪl, ˈkrɒs [/t]] n. orn any bird of the genus Loxia (family Fringillidae), of coniferous forests of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bill with crossed tips used to extract seeds from cones • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

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