Phytotomidae

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

Definition of Phytotomidae

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of phytotomidae

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


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