adjective pas·ser·ine \ˈpa-sə-ˌrīn\

Definition of passerine

  1. :  of or relating to the largest order (Passeriformes) of birds which includes over half of all living birds and consists chiefly of altricial songbirds of perching habits — compare oscine



Origin and Etymology of passerine

Latin passerinus of sparrows, from passer sparrow

First Known Use: 1776

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