gros·​beak | \ ˈgrōs-ˌbēk How to pronounce grosbeak (audio) \

Definition of grosbeak

: any of several finches (especially families Cardinalidae and Fringillidae) of Europe and America having large stout conical bills

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Recent Examples on the Web Stiteler also suggests the Sax-Zim Bog between Duluth and Hibbing, a national birding destination and a winter habitat for birds like the great gray owl, the pine grosbeak and the hoary redpoll. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Our suggestions on how to celebrate winter solstice outdoors," 20 Dec. 2020 Despite the bird's rare bona fides, however, the grosbeak is perfectly healthy. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Extraordinary Bird Is Both Male and Female, Divided Down the Middle," 9 Oct. 2020 The last time Powdermill saw a gynandromorph was in 2005, when the team found a grosbeak that looked very similar to this one. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Extraordinary Bird Is Both Male and Female, Divided Down the Middle," 9 Oct. 2020 There’s also the question as to what sort of future the grosbeak might have. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "This gorgeous songbird is half male, half female," 9 Oct. 2020 Streams whoosh, swollen with winter rains, and birds — robins, sparrows, grosbeaks, woodpeckers and hawks — trill and chatter. Emily Anthes, New York Times, "The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping," 21 Apr. 2020 Sightings at Crane WMA in Falmouth included 3 blue grosbeaks, a blue-winged warbler, an Eastern meadowlark, 3 green herons, and a sharp-shinned hawk., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 13 Aug. 2019 Many birds – waxwings, grosbeaks, chickadees and robins – love fruit, which can be put out on elevated platform feeders. oregonlive, "How to put out the welcome mat for birds this winter," 29 Oct. 2019 Reports from Crane WMA in Falmouth included 2 American kestrels, 9 Eastern phoebes, 2 grasshopper sparrows, 18 Eastern towhees, 2 bobolink, 4 Eastern meadowlarks, a dickcissel, and 2 blue grosbeaks., "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grosbeak

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grosbeak

partial translation of French grosbec, from gros thick + bec beak

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The first known use of grosbeak was circa 1678

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27 Dec 2020

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“Grosbeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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gros·​beak | \ ˈgrōs-ˌbēk How to pronounce grosbeak (audio) \

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: a finch with a strong conical bill

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