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 Their bird fervor often yields entertaining readings, including what must be the sentence of the decade: There’s a dickcissel down by the sewage pond! National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 Miscellaneous sightings included a little blue heron at Horn Pond in Medford and a dickcissel at the community gardens in Uxbridge. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 7 Oct. 2019 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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1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Dickcissel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickcissel. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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