grosbeak

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gros·beak

noun \ˈgrōs-ˌbēk\

Definition of GROSBEAK

:  any of several finches (especially families Cardinalidae and Fringillidae) of Europe and America having large stout conical bills

Origin of GROSBEAK

part translation of French grosbec, from gros thick + bec beak
First Known Use: circa 1678

grosbeak

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus).—Karl H. Maslowski

Any of several songbird species in the families Cardinalidae and Fringillidae that have an exceptionally large, conical bill. Most eat seeds. Species are found in North America (e.g., rose-breasted, black-headed, blue, and evening grosbeaks) and northern Eurasia (pine grosbeak). See also cardinal.

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