cedar waxwing


: a brown gregarious American waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) with a yellow band on the tip of the tail and a pale yellow belly

Examples of cedar waxwing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the likely birds in Sacramento: house finch, mourning dove, crow, cedar waxwing, scrub jay, mockingbird, sparrow, goldfinch, junco and woodpecker. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Unfortunately, cedar waxwings don't stop with a couple or three. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 9 Dec. 2023 Somebody found a bunch of dead cedar waxwings in their yards. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 9 Dec. 2023 This tree is enjoyed by native wildlife from hummingbirds and butterflies to caterpillars and cedar waxwings. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 21 July 2023 The other part was Meyer’s description of the cedar waxwing, a bird especially partial to those berries. Mark Gozonsky, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 Above our bluff perch, two cedar waxwings flew across the slowly brightening sky. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 That was the day the birds appeared from everywhere, cedar waxwings a few feet from my hand. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 Two reports of golden eagles in western Massachusetts came in along with small numbers of bohemian waxwings continuing to be seen among a large flock of cedar waxwings in North Adams. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cedar waxwing was in 1842

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“Cedar waxwing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedar%20waxwing. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cedar waxwing

: a brown waxwing of North America that has a yellow band on the tip of the tail

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