gros·​beak ˈgrōs-ˌbēk How to pronounce grosbeak (audio)
: any of several finches (especially families Cardinalidae and Fringillidae) of Europe and America having large stout conical bills

Examples of grosbeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The photo today is of a blue grosbeak nest with a cowbird egg. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 It’s packed with seeds that birds can’t resist—including safflower, nyjer, sunflower, red millet, and peanuts—and it’s designed to attract a variety of birds including cardinals, jays, finches, nuthatches, grosbeaks, chickadees and more. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 At the end of the summer, Southern California waves goodbye to migrating cliff swallows, hooded orioles, and black-headed grosbeaks. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Sep. 2023 Mice and voles were often on the menu, as were birds ranging from the tiny Wilson’s warbler to the much larger black-headed grosbeak. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Elsewhere in the county were a Virginia rail and a marsh wren at Lake Wallace in Belchertown, four sandhill cranes in the fields off Old Post Road in Worthington, and two continuing blue grosbeaks at the Honey Pot in Hadley., 19 Aug. 2023 At the Honey Pot in Hadley, five blue grosbeaks abd a dickcissel., 12 Aug. 2023 Four sandhill cranes off Central Street in Plainfield, a continuing blue grosbeak on Aqua Vitae Road in Hadley, 18 greater yellowlegs and two sanderlings in the East Meadows in Northampton, and three red crossbills at Quabbin Park at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown., 29 July 2023 Single blue grosbeaks at Honey Pot Road in Hadley and at the Alexandra Dawson Conservation Area. Isabela Rocha,, 1 July 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grosbeak was circa 1678

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“Grosbeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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gros·​beak ˈgrōs-ˌbēk How to pronounce grosbeak (audio)
: any of several finches (as the rose-breasted grosbeak) of Europe or America having large stout cone-shaped bills

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