dickcissel


dick·cis·sel

noun \dik-ˈsi-səl, ˈdik-ˌ\

Definition of DICKCISSEL

:  a common migratory black-throated finch (Spiza americana of the family Cardinalidae) of the central United States

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Origin of DICKCISSEL

imitative
First Known Use: 1886

dickcissel

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)—Thase Daniel

American passerine (Spiza americana, family Cardinalidae) bird that eats seeds and breeds in weedy fields of the central U.S. Most dickcissels winter in northern South America, but some stray to the Atlantic coast. The male, for whose song the species is named, is a streaky brown bird 6.5 in. (16 cm) long, with a black bib on its yellow breast, resembling a miniature meadowlark.

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