plural noun
Phy·​to·​tom·​i·​dae | \ ˌfītəˈtäməˌdē \

Definition of Phytotomidae

: a family of South American passerine birds that resemble finches but have serrated bills with which they nip off the young shoots and buds of plants

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History and Etymology for Phytotomidae

New Latin, from Phytotoma, type genus (from phyt- + Greek tomē action of cutting, from temnein to cut) + -idae

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“Phytotomidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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