grosbeak

noun
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 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. BostonGlobe.com, "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 11 Sep. 2019 Pairs of red crossbills were reported in Harwich and Wellfleet, and an unprecedented June record of evening grosbeak was photographed at a feeder in Wellfleet. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 11 June 2019 The perch the blue grosbeak occupied a moment earlier was now taken by a singing scarlet tanager. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 Both blue grosbeaks and indigo buntings sang from the tops of some pines. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 Other species confirmed for the first time in this edition of the atlas include Mississippi kite, blue grosbeak and canvasback. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bird survey finds 224 species breeding in Wisconsin," 6 Jan. 2018 Crabapple trees, famed for their spring display of pink or white blooms, bear colorful autumn fruit that woodpeckers, pine grosbeaks, cardinals and others feast on. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, "Save the Songbirds: Plant These Shrubs and Bushes," 13 Sep. 2017 Birds such as tanagers, thrush, orioles, grosbeaks, vireos, wrens, and buntings. cleveland.com, "Spring songbird migration: 20 of our prettiest visitors (photos, videos)," 22 May 2017

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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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“Grosbeak.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grosbeak. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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grosbeak

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

Kids Definition of grosbeak

: a finch with a strong conical bill

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