dickcissel

noun
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 Among sightings were a trumpeter swan on Sesachacha Pond, 12 snow geese near Sankaty Head Lighthouse, and a dickcissel continued to visit a feeder at 215 Madaket Road in Madaket. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Read full article Berkshire County: The area has been hosting a brant at Mt. Williams Reservoir in North Adams, a dickcissel in Williamstown, and a Barrow’s goldeneye and an osprey at Richmond Pond in Richmond. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Berkshire County: The region was highlighted by a golden eagle in New Ashford, a dickcissel at Linear Park in Williamstown, and a green heron in Lee. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 Hampshire County: Some notable sightings were a Connecticut warbler in Northampton, a green heron, a Tennessee warbler and a dickcissel in Hadley, and a brant and a white-winged crossbill at the Quabbin headquarters in Belchertown. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Worcester County: The area hosted two black vultures in Millbury, five Cape May warblers in Gardner, a Louisiana waterthrush in Hardwick, and a dickcissel in Uxbridge. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2021 At the Westboro Wildlife Area, a Connecticut warbler and two dickcissels were seen, while another dickcissel was spotted alongside a clay-colored sparrow at the Uxbridge Community gardens. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 At the Westboro Wildlife Area, there was a snowy egret and a dickcissel. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Another dickcissel was also found at Halibut Point in Rockport. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dickcissel

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dickcissel

imitative

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20 Apr 2022

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“Dickcissel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickcissel. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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