oscine

adjective
os·​cine | \ ˈä-ˌsīn How to pronounce oscine (audio) \

Definition of oscine

: 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

Other Words from oscine

oscine noun

First Known Use of oscine

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oscine

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

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“Oscine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oscine. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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