Grosbeak
Grosbeak Gros"beak, n. [Gross + beak: cf. F. gros-bec.] (Zo["o]l.) One of various species of finches having a large, stout beak. The common European grosbeak or hawfinch is {Coccothraustes vulgaris}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Among the best known American species are the rose-breasted ({Habia Ludoviciana}); the blue ({Guiraca c[oe]rulea}); the pine ({Pinicola enucleator}); and the evening grosbeak. See {Hawfinch}, and {Cardinal grosbeak}, {Evening grosbeak}, under {Cardinal} and {Evening}. [Written also {grossbeak}.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • grosbeak — noun Etymology: part translation of French grosbec, from gros thick + bec beak Date: circa 1678 any of several finches (especially families Cardinalidae and Fringillidae) of Europe and America having large stout conical bills …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grosbeak — noun Any of several finches and cardinals that have a large, powerful bill …   Wiktionary

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  • grosbeak — gros·beak || grəʊsbɪːk n. any of a number of small birds having a thick conical bill …   English contemporary dictionary

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