dick·​cis·​sel dik-ˈsi-səl How to pronounce dickcissel (audio)
: 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 Also reported were a dickcissel at Elm Hill Sanctuary in North Brookfield, a Lapland longspur at the Uxbridge Community Gardens, and six white-winged crossbills in Templeton. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2021 Other sightings included a little gull and five Forster’s terns at Revere Beach, a late eastern kingbird at Belle Isle in East Boston along with a gray-cheeked thrush, a dickcissel, and a yellow-breasted chat. Maria Elena Little Endara, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 At the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Ocean View Farm Reserve, a golden eagle, a late Eastern phoebe, a palm warbler and a dickcissel. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Dec. 2022 The male dickcissel, a member of the same avian family as the cardinal, can spend up to 70% of its day singing. Sheetal R. Modi, Discover Magazine, 30 Apr. 2014 Three continuing sandhill cranes at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson, and a sharp-shinned hawk and a dickcissel at the Manomet Bird Observatory in Manomet. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 Worcester County: There were reports of a yellow-bellied flycatcher and a dickcissel at the Westborough Wildlife Area, and a Louisiana waterthrush in Hardwick. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Another clay-colored sparrow was seen at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary along with a dickcissel, while a red-headed woodpecker and a white-eyed vireo were spotted in Amherst. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dickcissel was in 1886

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“Dickcissel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickcissel. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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