os·​cine ˈä-ˌsīn How to pronounce oscine (audio)
: of or relating to a large suborder (Oscines) of passerine birds (such as larks, shrikes, finches, orioles, and crows) characterized by a vocal apparatus highly specialized for singing
oscine noun

Word History


New Latin Oscines, suborder name, from Latin, plural of oscin-, oscen songbird, bird giving omens by its cry, from obs-, ob- in front of, in the way + canere to sing — more at ob-, chant

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oscine was in 1872

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“Oscine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oscine. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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