plural noun

: 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

Word History


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 15 Jul. 2024.

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