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

Examples of grosbeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Acadian flycatcher at the Ryder Conservation Area in Sandwich, an olive-sided flycatcher at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, a continuing blue grosbeak at the Crane Wildlife Area in Falmouth, and a seaside sparrow at Sandy Neck in West Barnstable., 4 June 2022 Noteworthy sightings included a green heron in Belchertown, a blue grosbeak in Hadley, and a yellow-bellied flycatcher in Easthampton., 2 Oct. 2021 Middlesex County: Observers spotted an American golden-plover at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, a prairie warbler in Groton, and a blue grosbeak at Rock Meadow in Belmont., 10 Oct. 2021 Tallied at Crane Beach in Ipswich, were three lingering piping plovers, and in the North Shore Community Gardens in Middleton a blue grosbeak was seen., 2 Oct. 2021 Hampshire County highlights included a little blue heron in Hatfield, three singing alder flycatchers in Cummington, and a continuing blue grosbeak at the Honey Pot in Hadley., 14 Aug. 2021 In Hadley, observers spotted a black-bellied plover, a mourning warbler, two worm-eating warblers, a blue grosbeak, and an orchard oriole., 21 Aug. 2021 In Sunderland, at the Southwick Wildlife Area in Southwick, a blue grosbeak continued to be regularly observed; farther north, four blue grosbeaks continue to be recorded in the Honey Pot area of Hadley., 31 July 2021 In Hampshire County, there were sightings of a blue grosbeak at the Honey Pot in Hadley, an Acadian flycatcher in Williamstown, and a sandhill crane in Worthington., 26 June 2021 See More

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

Kids Definition of grosbeak

: a finch with a strong conical bill

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