nonpasserine

adjective

non·​pas·​ser·​ine ˌnän-ˈpa-sə-ˌrīn How to pronounce nonpasserine (audio)
: not passerine
especially : of, relating to, or being any of various arboreal birds (such as pigeons, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and kingfishers) that are not passerines

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonpasserine was circa 1909

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“Nonpasserine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonpasserine. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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