adjective Date: circa 1909 not passerine; especially of, relating to, or being any of various arboreal birds (as pigeons, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and kingfishers) that are not passerines

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  • nonpasserine — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • nonpasserine — adj., n. * * * …   Universalium

  • nonpasserine — adjective Not passerine …   Wiktionary

  • nonpasserine — non·passerine …   English syllables

  • nonpasserine — adjective relating to or characteristic of birds that are not perching birds • Ant: ↑passerine • Pertains to noun: ↑passerine * * * “+ adjective : not passerine used especially of birds of the order Coraciiformes * * * adj., n …   Useful english dictionary

  • nonpasserine bird — noun chiefly arboreal birds especially of the order Coraciiformes • Hypernyms: ↑bird …   Useful english dictionary

  • barbet — noun Etymology: probably from 1barb Date: 1824 any of various often brightly colored nonpasserine tropical birds (families Capitonidae, Lybiidae, and Megalaimidae) having a stout bill bearing bristles at the base …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • honeyguide — noun Date: 1777 any of a family (Indicatoridae) of small plainly colored nonpasserine birds that inhabit Africa, the Himalayas, and the East Indies and that include some which lead people or animals to the nests of bees …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hoopoe — noun Etymology: alteration of obsolete hoop, from Middle French huppe, from Latin upupa, of imitative origin Date: 1668 a crested Old World nonpasserine bird (Upupa epops of the family Upupidae) having a slender decurved bill and barred black and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hornbill — noun Date: 1773 any of a family (Bucerotidae) of large nonpasserine birds of Africa and Eurasia having enormous bills …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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