nonpasserine

adjective
non·​pas·​ser·​ine | \ ˌnän-ˈpa-sə-ˌrīn How to pronounce nonpasserine (audio) \

Definition of nonpasserine

: not passerine especially : of, relating to, or being any of various arboreal birds (such as pigeons, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and kingfishers) that are not passerines

First Known Use of nonpasserine

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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