passerine

adjective

pas·​ser·​ine ˈpa-sə-ˌrīn How to pronounce passerine (audio)
: 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
passerine noun

Word History

Etymology

Latin passerinus of sparrows, from passer sparrow

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passerine was in 1776

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“Passerine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passerine. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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