dick·​cis·​sel | \ dik-ˈsi-səl How to pronounce dickcissel (audio) , ˈdik-ˌsi- \

Definition of dickcissel

: a common migratory black-throated finch (Spiza americana of the family Cardinalidae) of the central U.S.

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Recent Examples on the Web Last week, sightings included a Townsend’s warbler, a Wilson’s warbler, a dickcissel, a lark sparrow, and a yellow-breasted chat. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 28 Oct. 2019 Andrew’s Point in Gloucester : There was a dickcissel along with good numbers of seabirds such as three Forester’s terns and 175 Northern gannets. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 19 Aug. 2019 Birds known as the dickcissel will perch on plant stalks and chirp — dick dick cissel — over and over again until most humans have had enough. Rick Montgomery, kansascity.com, "Jerry Smith Farm Park: Native plants fill a patch of prairie that’s never seen a plow," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of dickcissel

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Dickcissel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickcissel. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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