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

Examples of crossbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two red crossbills were seen in Leominster, and an evening grosbeak was seen in Royalston., "Bird sightings across the region," 13 July 2019 Red crossbills were reported at Plymouth Town Forest Conservation Area, Red Brook Wildlife Management Area, and Myles Standish State Forest., "Bird sightings across the region," 16 June 2019 With luck, spot an elusive capercaillie, an endemic Scottish crossbill, or a magnificent golden eagle. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Pairs of red crossbills were reported in Harwich and Wellfleet, and an unprecedented June record of evening grosbeak was photographed at a feeder in Wellfleet., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 11 June 2019 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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First Known Use of crossbill

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossbill.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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see bill sense 3a

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