cross·​bill | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌbil How to pronounce crossbill (audio) \

Definition of crossbill

: any of a genus (Loxia of the family Fringillidae) of finches with curved mandibles that cross each other

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Meanwhile, the irruptive species—birds who irregularly migrate—like crossbills, redpolls, grosbeaks, and purple finches stayed north, resulting in lower talleys for the annual count in most of the United States. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Birdwatch for Science this Holiday Season," 15 Dec. 2017

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circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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see bill sense 3a

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